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Sick of Chemicals : A review of the evidence

Chemicals have brought enormous benefits to society but research, such as the findings described in this booklet, are linking many of them to cancers, allergies and fertility problems. The European Union’s draft legislation to regulate chemicals, called REACH, aims to protect health and the environment. But many scientific experts and NGOs feel the proposed legislation will not provide adequate protection from the health effects of harmful chemicals, or provide future generations with a planet that is not polluted with hazardous chemicals. European countries must reduce dependency on chemicals that are harmful and replace them with safer substitutes.

This booklet shows only the tip of the iceberg in terms of evidence of the links between chemicals and health. It sets out some of the illnesses and conditions where there is «strong» or «good» evidence that chemicals contribute to ill health.

Last updated on 22 June 2011

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