Natacha Cingotti is the Health and Chemicals Programme Lead at the Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL), advancing European policies and initiatives for a toxic-free future. She has led HEAL’s EU and national advocacy on our main priority dossiers, including the increased identification and regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals, the faster ban of harmful pesticides, and the more health-protective implementation of the EU flagship chemical regulations REACH and CLP.
Highlights of recent achievements include successful advocacy with national governments, the European Commission and Parliament to secure a European agreement over an ambitious Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) in October 2020; the development and coordination of HEAL’s campaign to get brain-harming pesticides Chlorpyrifos and Chlorpyrifos-Methyl (successfully) banned in Europe in December 2019; or a successful online petition in the lead up of Europe’s agreement on the development of identification criteria for endocrine disruptors (2017 joint petition with SumofUs and EDC-Free Europe, signed by 321.675 individuals).
Natacha represents HEAL in the EU Commission, European Parliament and member states fora as well as the EU Chemicals Agency. She is also a frequent contributor to radio, TV and print media across Europe on the opportunities to prevent diseases through more ambitious and coherent EU chemicals policies. She strives to stimulate and build up the engagement of HEAL’s members (such as cancer, health and environmental groups) into European chemicals advocacy and campaign work, while developing new partnerships with health professionals (such as the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians) and researchers (through HEAL’s chemicals programme participation into several EU-funded research projects, such as FREIA or ATHLETE.
Her previous track record includes campaigning on economic justice issues with Friends of the Earth Europe and International, taking on the fight against excessive corporate lobby influence on EU policy processes, promoting better public access to environmental information, and co-coordinating the trade and investment work (including setting up the campaign against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).