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Women’s health and the environment – FIGO’s webinar delves into hazards and their impact

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) organised a webinar ‘Stitching the gap between environmental effects and women's health’ in May 2023. HEAL’s Health and Chemicals Programme Lead Natacha Cingotti discussed the impact of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on health and the joint efforts of HEAL and FIGO in the prevention of these environmental toxins.

The chemicals restriction roadmap: are we there yet?

The chemicals restriction roadmap is EU's interim plan for regulatory action, compiling a list of the most hazardous chemicals prioritised for phase out until a more comprehensive, health-protective REACH reform is fully realised. But despite optimistic estimates the restriction roadmap has thus far been a painfully slow trek uphill.

HEAL-CPES – Follow-up comments to CARACAL 48 discussion on ECHA regulatory strategy for flame retardants

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and its member organisation the Cancer Prevention and Education Society (CPES) comment on ECHA's Regulatory strategy for flame retardants, and the European Commission CARACAL 48 discussion on the topic. The restriction roadmap released last year includes an important commitment to consider a comprehensive restriction on all flame retardants.

Green 10 letter to Commissioner Breton on boosting the green transition of the EU’s industry and upholding environmental and health safeguards

The Green 10 have sent a letter to Commissioner Breton, following a recent meeting of the group with him on boosting the green transition of the EU’s industry and upholding environmental and health safeguards - the letter focuses on the need to kickstart the revision of REACH, the EU chemicals regulatory framework, by June 2023, as well as Net Zero Industry and Critical Raw Materials Acts, where the Commission has to set clear conditions to respect climate, wider environmental, and social objectives.

Europe’s raw materials rush does not justify keeping workers in the dark about lithium’s dangers

The increasing reliance on lithium compounds in critical sectors should be reason enough for European authorities to support a thorough investigation of their properties. They also demand a speedy agreement on how to communicate about them to workers and end-users. But instead, a scientifically-backed proposal to classify three lithium salts for their toxicity to reproduction under Europe’s harmonised hazard identification system is at a dead end.
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