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HEAL Newsflash - April 2013

Late lessons from early warnings: A retrospective look at learning about precaution

On 16 April HEAL is co-hosting the first in a series of CHE Partnership Calls which will focus on Late Lessons from Early Warnings: A retrospective look at learning about precaution. Issues for discussion include precautionary action, coping with multi-causal hazards and taking public health decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Read more...

Protecting health, improving well-being in the 7th EAP

With discussions on the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP) currently taking place in the EP and among Member States, HEAL‘s position paper spells out why it is important to strengthen the health and environment dimension of the 7th EAP. Read more...

HEAL’s latest report kicks off coal and health campaign in Europe

‘The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick’ marks the beginning of a coal and health campaign in which HEAL will work closely with medical, health and climate advocacy groups, especially in countries where coal is a particular threat to health. Read more...

New WHO report reveals unequal improvements in health in Europe

While the overall level of health across the WHO European Region has clearly improved, European health statistics show inequities within and between countries, according to a new WHO report. The report also points to the role that environmental factors play in disease. Read more...

EDC Free campaign website launched by coalition of public interest group

An informal coalition of European public interest groups, concerned about how endocrine disruptors (EDCs) may be harming health, has recently launched an EDC Free website outlining a campaign call to action for an EDC Free Europe. Read more...

EFSA opinion on endocrine disruptors proves problematic

The EFSA opinion report on EDCs recently released is problematic in a number of areas, according to HEAL and CHEM Trust. The EFSA opinion is one of several inputs that contribute to the EU’s development of criteria to identify chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties. Read more...

Which endocrine disrupting insecticides are children exposed to everyday?

On 20 March, the results of the first part of an enquiry (EXPPERT enquiry 1) into the everyday exposure to endocrine disrupting pesticides were launched. A series of reports have been developed by Générations Futures to demonstrate the urgency of preventative action on EDCs. Read more...

New video to celebrate Pesticides Action Week 2013

As part of their activities during Pesticides Action Week (20 – 30 March), HEAL and Pesticides Action Network Europe (PAN E) have launched a video clip to urge organisations to join their ‘EDC Free Campaign’. Read more...

French committee and charter on pesticide alternatives

A cross party committee of senators in France has launched a ’’Charter for alternatives to pesticides’’ (Charte du Comité des élus pour les alternatives des pesticides) to disseminate information on pesticides and promote alternatives. More than 100 elected officials – senators, members of Parliament and municipal councillors – have already joined. Read more...

Pesticide victims: French authorities asked to compensate farmer

For the first time, the French authorities have been asked to compensate a farmer because he developed a cancer associated with his exposure to chemical substances contained in pesticides. Read more...

EU Green Paper on 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

On 27 March, the European Commission published a Green Paper on "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies". This paper launches a public consultation open until 2 July. Read more...

Tctcktck interview with HEALer Julia Huscher on recent coal report

Following the recent launch of HEAL’s coal report, Tcktcktck, the public campaign of the Global Call for Climate Action caught up with Julia Huscher, HEAL’s Coal and Health Officer. Julia discussed HEAL’s mandate on coal and health, and how the EU can be a world leader in addressing this issue. Read more...

Spotlight on Health and Clean Air

On 19 March, HEAL and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) co-organised the Spotlight on Health and Clean Air event at the EP which shed further light on air pollution and the measures that Europe needs in order to tackle this invisible killer. Read more...

HEAL to participate in EU Green Week: Cleaner air for all

HEAL will be participating at two events during EU Green Week which focuses on cleaner air for all in line with the 2013 EU Year of Air. Green Week offers the opportunity for debate, exchange of experiences and best practices on this theme. Read more...

Indoor air quality: results from EU research projects

Results from two EU funded research projects (HealthVent, SINPHONIE) shed light on the neglected policy issue of indoor air quality. Europeans spend the majority of their time indoors, and many EU policies influence the quality of the air we breathe inside. During the 2013 Year of Air, HEAL works to build support for an EU strategy to ensure clean air everywhere. Read more...

Global Mercury treaty to be signed in October

Ten years of efforts by NGOs, governments and UNEP were concluded on 19 January with the agreement of the final text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The agreement is scheduled to be signed in Japan in October 2013. Read more...

Members’ news




  • 16 – France ANSES´s Scientific Conference – PNR EST Review: Environmental pollution, health impact and environmental contaminants: air and water - More information here
  • 23 – EP, Brussels, Belgium: Presentation of results on Schools Indoor Pollution and Health: Observatory Network in Europe - To register please confirm your attendance by 12 April to
  • 26 - Frence Senate Paris, France 14h - 17h30: "Endocrine disruption : Public Health’s new frontier ?" - To register please send your first and last names, the name of your organisation and your contact details to by 20 April


  • 16 – Brussels, Belgium: EP event - Can EU citizens afford their medicines? The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe - To attend please register here by 5 May


  • 4-7 – Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week: Cleaner air for all - More information here
  • 5 – HEAL at Green Week: Session 3.4 and Session 5.1.
  • 5 World Environment Day - More information here


  • 20-23 – Basel, Switzerland: ISES-ISEE-ISIAQ 2013: Environment and Health – Bridging North, South, East and West - More information here

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