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Over 100 synthetic chemicals may be found in our blood stream
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In recent years, the use of chemicals in everyday products has increased dramatically. The laws that aim to protect us from health harm often lag behind the knowledge on the hazards. Minimising chemical exposure and encouraging non-chemical alternatives remain priorities.


News on our policy work

International lead poisoning prevention week of action
From 23 to 29 October, HEAL as a partner of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint is supporting the international lead poisoning prevention week of action. Read more...

European Parliament sets strong signals on food contact materials
On 6 October the European Parliament voted with a large majority on a Report about Food Contact Materials (FCM) initiated by the Parliament in order to give their opinion to the Commission on how EU laws on all materials that come into contact with food, from farm to home, are being implemented. Read more...

PAN Europe launches EU tour on EDCs
PAN Europe together with its members and allies including HEAL has launched a tour in Europe to raise awareness on EDCs and call on member states to take action and protect health. In many EU capitals and European cities, events will be organised to inform the European countries about the need for a revised proposal to protect health and the environment. Read more...

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Publications

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- NGOs express support for restriction of chemical PFOA to REACH committee

- HEAL submissions to public consultation on pesticides and biocides

- Summary of EP workshop on glyphosate

- IPEN and the Endocrine Society’s Introduction to EDCs – available in new languages!

- A compliance check of the European Parliament’s TTIP Resolution – A preliminary analysis by CIEL, Client and HEAL, 7 July 2016

- Evaluation of studies that quantified socio-economic costs of EDC-associated health effects (HEAL as reviewer)

- HEAL guest article in German journal Environment and Health

- Resource pack: Advice on impacts of EDCs pesticides on pregnant women

Health costs in the EU - How much is related to EDCs? - Available in Spanish - El coste sanitario en la unión europea - ¿Cuánto corresponde a los disruptores endocrinos?










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- Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese

- CHM materials: Bookmark ENDE, Poster ENDE


Multimedia

- Listen to the MP3 recording from CHE Partnership Call - A High Price to Pay: Obesity, Diabetes, and Associated Costs of Exposure to EDCs in the EU, 28 April 2015

- Listen to the MP3 recording from CHE Partnership Call - Perinatal Exposure to a Mixture of Common Low-Dose Phthalates and Flame Retardants Leads to Autistic Features in Rats, 15 April 2015

- Breakfast television, TVAM, Malta public television
4 Feb 2015, available on Facebook

- Exclusive interview with highly acclaimed biologist & author Sandra Steingraber

- HEAL in Stephane Horel’s documentary film ‘Endoc(t)rinement‘ [FR]


Take Action

- SumOfUs petition to European governments to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria

- Non à la proposition scandaleuse de la Commission européenne sur les perturbateurs endocriniens!

- Petition to German federal government on EDCs - Hormongifte stoppen!

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!

- Generations Futures – Petition to ask French Agriculture Minister to prohibit pesticide sprayings in strong winds

Events

2016

November

- 9 – 12, Austria, Vienna: European Public Health Conference

- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 14 - 18, San Francisco, USA: IPEN Global meeting and toxic-free future forum

- 16: World COPD Day

- 21: ENVI Working Group on Health - "Exchange of good practice in the field of health promotion and primary prevention"

- 21 – 24, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

December

- 8, Brussels, Belgium: Launch event of the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative HBM4EU – HEAL participating


Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Chemicals

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »

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