Environment & health

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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.

News on our policy work

New European Parliament and EU Commission
The new European Parliament and Commission are taking shape, with the election of the EP President, Vice-Presidents, chairs and members of the 20 parliamentary committees. Jean-Claude Juncker will preside over the EU Commission 2014 - 2019. Read more…

WHO European Environment and Health Ministerial Board
Tackling air pollution, climate change and chemicals requires political action in the European Region according to members of the WHO European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB). Read more…

Call to exclude chemicals in TTIP
Ahead of the next round of negotiations on the future trade agreement, over 100 organisations including HEAL have called on the US and the EU to exclude chemicals regulation. Read more…

Chemicals, air top of UN environment agenda
The first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) has called for the full integration of the environment into the UN’s post 2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Read more…

HEAL at Environment and Public Health conference in Romania
In September, HEAL will participate at an international medical conference in Romania on the environment and public health, organised by the Balkan Environmental Association (B.EN.A.). Read more…

Health costs in the European Union - How much is related to EDCs?
Exposure to food and everyday electronic, cosmetic and plastic products containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be costing up to €31 billion per year in the EU, according to a new HEAL report. Read more…

Take action

Public consultation on the composition of EU Commission expert groups - Deadline 31 August 2014



1: World Breastfeeding Week

9: Screening of Endoc(t)rinement on France 5

24-28, Seattle, USA: Annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

27 – 29, Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Conference on health and climate - More information here


4 – 5, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA 5th Annual Conference - More information available here

23 – 24, Brussels, Belgium: European Citizens Summit - More information available here http://citizenssummit.eu/

26: World Environment Health Day


6 – 7, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly - More information coming soon!

26 – 29, Boston, US: PPTOX IV, Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health - More information here


10 - 14, Israel: Mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process (EEHP) - More information available via the WHO Europe website

14: World Diabetes Day

15: World COPD day

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

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 »


HEAL has over 65 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

Direct telephone numbers: HEAL team page.

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