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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

EU court hearing puts spotlight on Commission delay over hormone disrupting chemicals
HEAL’s Lisette van Vliet attended a crucial court hearing against the EU Commission. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg heard Sweden’s case against the Commission for failing to fulfil its legal obligations regarding endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Read more…

Upcoming Medical Device Regulation Negotiations
HEAL supports a letter to the EU Parliament Rapporteur on the draft Medical Device Regulation, urging the Parliament to stand strong and uphold an amendment calling for the phase-out of toxic chemicals contained in medical devices when safer alternatives are available and technically feasible. Read more…

HEAL welcomes EP Committee vote on DEHP
The EU Parliament’s Environment and Health Committee recently voted to support an objection to the Commission’s proposal to continue the use of the phthalate, DEHP, a reproductive toxicant and EDC, in recycled materials such as PVC. DEPH is already officially listed as an EDC for the environment and it may be linked to male infertility due to environmental exposure of pregnant women. Read more...

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30 NGOs call for partial glyphosate ban
HEAL joins civil society organisations to convey serious concerns regarding the authorisation renewal assessment report on glyphosate that was produced under the aegis of German authorities and forms the basis for the ongoing peer review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Read more…

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- 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?

- Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese

- CHM materials: Bookmark ENDE, Poster ENDE


- 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

- ISEE Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure to Eliminate Lead Poisoning

- The urgent case for a ban on fracking – Food and Water Europe petition



- Global Frackdown Month

- 23 – 26, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary


- 16, Brussels, Belgium: Meeting of the EU Environment Ministers

- 14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

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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