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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.

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HEAL commentary: HBM4EU - A public health tool to inform the transition towards a toxic-free future
Génon K. Jensen, HEAL’s Executive Director, reflects on the unique opportunities of the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU). HEAL is an official stakeholder to the initiative, which aims to investigate effects of exposure to toxic chemicals. Read more...

French President must act in favour of European transition towards a non-toxic environment
Ahead of his speech in the European Parliament about the future of Europe, HEAL urged President Macron to continue to play a decisive role on chemicals in the EU. Read more…

HEAL comments on European Chemicals Agency draft strategic plan for 2019-2023
ECHA’s draft strategic plan aims to guide its general and operational activities for the coming years. HEAL, having collaborated with the agency for many years, commented. Read more...

REACH chemicals committee sets stricter standards on chemicals in textiles
The committee voted on restrictions after 7 environment and health NGOs including HEAL called for stricter proposals on textiles, phthalates and nanomaterials ahead of its meeting in late April. Read more...

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- HEAL’s vision on Europe leading the way to a non-toxic environment (also available in French)

- Detoxing Carpets - Pathways towards safe and recyclable carpet in a truly circular economy (Also available in French, German and Dutch)

- Infographic - The European Carpet Market (available in English, French, Dutchand German)

- Infographic - What are the health impacts of toxic chemicals possibly present in carpets? (available in English, French, Dutchand German)

- HEAL’s response to public consultation: European Commission roadmap on the review of the food contact materials legislation, December 2017

- Letter to Dutch Members of European Parliament: reject EC plans for BPA in food contact materials, January 2018

- HEAL urges MEPs to reject European Commission plans for Bisphenol A in food contact materials, January 2018

- Joint publication: The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA

- Open letter to Members of REACH Committee on D4D5, phthalates, and nanoforms

- Letter to the EP Environment Committee - EDCs: One more way CETA endangers public health and the environment

- HEAL supports joint EU-Canada statement on CETA

- HEAL Technical Briefing EDC Criteria for Member States

- EPHA leaflet ’The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA (Contribution by HEAL and CIEL)

ISDE Italy conference on EDCs in Milan - presentation and audio by Lisette van Vliet

- 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?

- 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]

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About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. HEAL works to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 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 »

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