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Date Title
07/06/2018 HEAL’s vision for Europe leading the way towards a non-toxic environment
13/03/2018 Europe’s non-toxic environment strategy could lead the way towards an ambitious international chemical framework beyond 2020
09/03/2018 Early life exposure to bisphenol A linked to the development of hyperactivity
05/03/2018 Moquettes : une détox s’impose ! Un rapport révèle la présence de substances toxiques pour la santé et l’environnement dans les moquettes vendues dans l’UE, incompatible avec l’économie circulaire
05/03/2018 Swept under the rug: new report reveals toxics in European carpets threatening health, environment and circular economy
05/12/2017 Human exposure to preventable environmental chemicals is resulting in health costs of 10% of global GDP
07/11/2017 TV documentary shows how EDCs are affecting our brains
04/10/2017 European Parliament demands ambitious proposal to reduce citizens’ exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals
26/07/2017 New Meta-analysis finds that among men from North America, Europe and Australia, sperm concentration has declined more than 50% in less than 40 years
04/07/2017 NGOs acknowledge vote on first ever EDC criteria - Call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for sake of health
16/06/2017 More than one million Europeans stand up against glyphosate
16/06/2017 EU finally recognises Bisphenol A as an endocrine disruptor for human health
25/05/2017 Chemical regulation is “best buy” in cancer prevention
18/05/2017 Further delay on flawed EDC criteria maintains unnecessary risks on human health and the environment
06/04/2017 To what extent are the French exposed to glyphosate - the world’s best-selling herbicide?
15/03/2017 ECHA’s opinion on glyphosate greeted with concern
14/03/2017 ECHA opinion on glyphosate expected on Wednesday
07/03/2017 Review builds compelling evidence that chemical exposure harms children’s brains
07/03/2017 Exposing frog embryos to a chemical cocktail causes thyroid hormone disruption
24/02/2017 French celebrities discover their bodies contain unwanted chemicals
20/02/2017 Leading non-profit health insurer alerts EU health ministers on EDCs
17/02/2017 Europe finally recognises four phthalates as human endocrine disruptors
15/02/2017 JOINT STATEMENT: CETA is an unhealthy deal: lessons to be learnt for future EU trade policy
08/02/2017 European citizens’ initiative to #StopGlyphosate
13/01/2017 Endocrine disrupting pesticides in tap and surface water
12/01/2017 Vote on EU-Canada deal disappoints health groups
09/01/2017 Low-dose, long-term exposure to Roundup causes disease in rats
09/01/2017 Low-dose, long-term exposure to Roundup causes disease in rats
22/12/2016 EU’s never-ending story on protective criteria to identify hormone disruptors continues
08/11/2016 NGOs’ verdict to Commission’s revised proposal on EDC criteria: not right again!
25/10/2016 EU-Canada Trade and Investment Deal Fails its First Democratic Test
11/10/2016 Do breakfast cereals contain endocrine-disrupting pesticides?
14/09/2016 European NGOs call on EU Commission to follow through on their promise to address the problem of pharmaceuticals in the environment
07/07/2016 European Commission crosses Parliament’s red lines on TTIP, say over 65 organisations
15/06/2016 EDC-Free Europe reacts to Commission’s EDC criteria proposal
15/06/2016 Europe’s opportunity to stop hormone disruption crushed
19/05/2016 Reaction on postponement of glyphosate vote
04/05/2016 HEAL responds to BFR breakthrough on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
27/04/2016 MEPs Against Cancer consider relicensing glyphosate for 10 years "inappropriate" and “unacceptable”
25/04/2016 A new campaign to protect EU chemical laws
31/03/2016 Two-thirds of food-can linings contain BPA
24/03/2016 Women’s reproductive problems from hormone disrupting chemicals costs Europe 1.4 billion Euros per year
04/03/2016 Over 174,000 people call for ban on glyphosate
03/03/2016 Dutch public health institute RIVM advices Dutch government to reduce exposure to Bisphenol A
17/02/2016 Scientists say regulation of glyphosate weed killer is “out of date”
17/02/2016 Scientists say regulation of glyphosate weed killer is “out of date”
05/02/2016 Eight year olds will find out why “organic uncle” may not be so crazy
04/02/2016 European cancer groups urged to take action against glyphosate
03/02/2016 HEAL Press Reaction: Commission plans to present EDC criteria before the Summer 2016
03/02/2016 HEAL Press Reaction: Commission plans to present EDC criteria before the Summer 2016
27/01/2016 HEAL calls for coherent regulation of food packaging materials
16/12/2015 Commission breached EU law by delaying criteria on EDCs
18/11/2015 EU court hearing puts spotlight on Commission delay over hormone disrupting chemicals
01/10/2015 Global Obstetrics and Gynaecology group warn of harm to babies from toxic chemicals in consumer products
28/09/2015 HEAL Reaction to Endocrine Society Second Scientific Statement on EDCs
05/03/2015 Massive health costs from EDCs prompt further calls from HEAL for regulation
26/02/2015 Endocrine disrupting chemicals: a public health problem in your shopping bag
07/01/2015 MEPs discuss cancer prevention through better regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals
09/12/2014 New resource by the Endocrine Society and IPEN on health threats posed by EDCs
03/12/2014 NGOs offer easy way for citizens to tell EU to stop exposures to hormone disrupting chemicals
17/11/2014 Nordic countries estimate high costs from chemical exposure
08/10/2014 Press release - “SIN List” advance will contribute to reducing chronic disease
01/10/2014 Blog: MEPs prioritise EDCs in the Commissioner-designate hearings
18/06/2014 €31 billion per year in EU health savings possible from reducing exposures to hormone disrupting chemicals
29/04/2014 21 residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides found in samples of children’s hair
26/03/2014 Information release – HEAL re-launches the Chemicals Health Monitor
27/02/2014 Endocrine disruptors: a report that marks an important moment!
18/02/2014 Information release: New evidence on chemicals and children’s stunted neurological development
23/01/2014 Europe should act on BPA following health cost-tag calculation
13/11/2013 Media photo op: Delays are wasting opportunities for prevention of chronic disease and healthcare savings
23/10/2013 HEAL welcomes manifesto on breast cancer launched in UK
19/06/2013 HEAL joins calls for France to maintain its leadership on endocrine disrupting chemicals
27/05/2013 HEAL responds to Berlaymont Declaration on endocrine disruptors
25/04/2013 Which endocrine disrupting insecticides are children exposed to everyday?
25/04/2013 EFSA opinion on endocrine disruptors problematic
26/03/2013 Which endocrine disrupting insecticides are children exposed to everyday?
14/03/2013 European Parliament vote on EDCs conveys urgency of protecting health
23/01/2013 EP Committee tells Commission “the sooner the better” on EDCs
25/10/2012 EU biomonitoring shows mothers and children exposed to harmful chemicals
19/10/2012 Delegates Decision Prolongs Toxic Pollution
31/05/2012 Response to European Commission’s position on chemical mixtures released today
16/05/2012 Common diseases linked to chemical exposures before birth
20/03/2012 Daily chemical exposure adds to obesity and diabetes risk
20/02/2012 Report paves way for ban on "gender bender" hormone-disrupting chemicals
25/01/2012 Study offers warning of negative immune effects from PFC exposure
19/10/2011 "Notre Poison quotidien" highlights EU’s environmental health challenges
13/10/2011 Press statement: Bedroom dust used to urge EU to act more urgently on REACH
18/05/2011 5-MINUTE TASK FOR YOUR HEALTH: Help push harmful chemicals off the market!
12/05/2011 Hormone disrupting chemicals targeted to prevent chronic disease in the EU
24/04/2011 Banned toxics found in carpet underlay sold in EU
12/04/2011 Protect children by cutting exposure to harmful chemicals
30/03/2011 Diet change can reduce BPA levels in humans
20/12/2010 Toxic Christmas gift: Council decides to keep hazardous biocides on market
26/11/2010 Health and Environment NGOs comment on Bisphenol A ban
22/11/2010 Commission confirms intentions on BPA
30/09/2010 European food panel fails to protect EU citizen’s health from plastic component, BPA
23/06/2010 European health group supports call for reducing exposure to BPA
11/02/2010 Study charts path for better protection from harmful "chemical mixtures"
14/01/2009 Ministers worried about hazardous chemicals cocktails, but postpone action
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