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HEAL Newsflash - February 2014

HEAL at the 31st International Environmental Film festival
On 7 – 8 February HEAL co-hosts inspiring environmental health film screenings and debates at the FIFE festival in Paris. One of the films ‘The Human Experiment’ features award winning actor Sean Penn. Read more…

Opposing special investor clause in future EU-US trade agreement
A group of NGOs including HEAL wrote to the Ambassador of the US Trade Representative in Europe to express their opposition to the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) arrangements in the TTIP currently being negotiated between the US and the EU. Read more…

Children and EDCs: Génon K. Jensen to speak at Brussels conference
On 19 – 20 February HEAL’s Executive Director will participate at an event organised by HEAL member Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) to launch their ChildProtect project on EDCs. Read more…

BPA health cost estimate should prompt EU action
The EU should phase out the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials following the publication of first-ever estimates of associated health costs. Read more…

Delays continue of EU EDC Strategy
Continuous setbacks of the EU EDC revised strategy mean lost opportunities for prevention of chronic disease and healthcare savings. At the beginning of 2014, the strategy is still not out. Read more…

CHE call: Endocrine Disruption of the Neuro-immune Interface
On 19 February Dr. Jamie DeWitt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at East Carolina University will discuss how certain cells of the immune system mediate endocrine signals to direct aspects of brain development. Read more…

Save the date! Pesticide Action Week 20 – 30 March
The 9th edition of Pesticide Action Week aims to raise awareness about the impacts of pesticides on our health and the environment as well as promoting alternative methods. HEAL is an official partner of the event. Read more…

New French law will ban non-agricultural use of pesticides from 2020
The French parliament has adopted a law which prohibits the private or public use of pesticides from 2020 in green areas, forests or public space. Read more…

Law case on access to information on environmental pesticide-testing
In a recent case between HEAL member PAN-Europe, Greenpeace Nederland and the EU Commission, the General Court ruled that the EU Commission was required to disclose environmental pesticide-testing information to NGOs. Read more…

HEAL reacts to Commission’s proposal on EU 2030 climate and energy policy
The EU Commission’s White Paper on its 2030 climate and energy policy released in January failed to reap greater health co-benefits for its EU citizens. Read more…

Open door for increased pollution from industrial plants
The EU Commission has agreed to exempt six countries from stricter emission limits for power plants, a setback to improve air quality in Europe. Only the Transnational National Plans of Spain and the UK were rejected. Read more…

Disappointment at lack of EU action on shale gas
The EU Commission has backed away from legislation on fracking and instead, issued ‘minimum principles’. HEAL expresses disappointment at this lack of action despite the health and environmental impacts of fracking. Read more…

EU air quality strategy puts health at centre but key elements are missing
The EU Commission’s recently launched air quality package gives a central place to health but no clear roadmap for achieving it. No timetable is offered for adjusting the law which matters most for health. In January NGOs released an assessment of the 2013 EU Year of Air. Read more…

Joint letter on proposed construction machinery legislation
HEAL and other NGOs have expressed their concerns to the EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship at the inadequate impact assessment of options for reducing emissions from Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM). Read more…

Global NGOs welcome WHO support for new Mercury Convention
NGOs welcome the adoption of a new resolution by the WHO’s Executive Board, agreeing to both endorse and lend support for countries to address the health-related aspects of the new Minamata Convention on Mercury. Read more…

Members’ news




  • 4 - 11 - Paris, France: 31st FIFE film festival - On 7 - 8 February HEAL co-hosts inspiring environmental health documentaries. More information available here
  • 15, Vilnius, Lithuanian: EFA meeting with patient associations of Baltic countries - More information here
  • 18, Brussels, Belgium: EFA training for patients with allergy, asthma and COPD and their representatives on functioning of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) - More information here
  • 19: CHE call - Endocrine Disruption of the Neuro-immune Interface (10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern) – RSVP here
  • 19 – 20, Brussels, Belgium: WECF conference to launch ChildProtect project. HEAL participating - More information here‎


  • 1 – 2, Munich, Germany - ERS Research seminar on protein quality control in lung disease - More information available here
  • 7, London, UK: British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM) conference on electromagnet radiation and health - More information here


  • 10 – 12, Barcelona, Spain - ERS Seminar ‘The many faces of stem cells in respiratory diseases’. Organisers: Melanie Koenigshoff and Antje Prasse
    More information available here

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