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HEAL Newsflash - October 2013

HEAL celebrates its 10th anniversary

On 25 September, HEAL celebrated 10 years of vibrant existence with a special evening reception at the European Parliament. Read more…

Potočnik outlines his health priorities to HEAL

HEAL had the pleasure of welcoming the EU Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik to give the closing speech of its Annual General Assembly on 26 September. Read more…

HEAL’s Environmental health champions launched

As part of HEAL’s 10th anniversary, an online photo diary of environmental health champions has been launched. This diary presents the individuals who have made a difference in securing more protective environmental health policies in the EU and beyond over the past 10 years. Read more…

HEAL publishes 2012 Annual Review

HEAL’s Annual Review 2012 highlights our accomplishments and collaborations over the past year in our different policy areas - environment and health, climate and energy, chemicals, pesticides and air quality. Read more…

New joint publication on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Environmental factors one of the main causes of preventable deaths

A new publication on NCDs and Environmental Determinants was recently released by civil society groups in cooperation with UNEP. It aims to provide the latest knowledge from some of the leading experts and organisations from four perspectives – the health sector, women’s organisations, developing countries and trade unions. Read more…

Delay in key EU policies on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

HEAL and other public interest groups disappointed by delay of European criteria to identify which chemicals are endocrine disrupters. The approval of these criteria is now anticipated no sooner than October 2014. Read more…

What’s disrupting you? Take Action now for an EDC-Free future

Over the summer a coalition of public interest groups representing more than 31 public interest organisations across Europe launched a fun and creative Take Action “photo initiative” to let governments know we want an Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals-Free Future. Read more…

NGOs and academics call for RoHS methodology manual overhaul

A letter from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) with the support of more than 100 signatories has called on the EU Commissioner for Environment to revise the draft RoHS2 methodology manual, developed to look at the ways forward to select hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment for future restrictions. Read more…

Book review: ‘Only one chance’, by Professor Philippe Grandjean

A new book by Professor Philippe Grandjean describes how the human brain drain is taking place because of scientific fallacies and a lack of caution in our current use of industrial chemicals. Read more…

TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors

Have you been wondering what EDCs might be in your shampoo, or which pesticides or flame retardants are endocrine disruptors? Now you can find out with the new search page for the TEDX List of Potential Endocrine Disruptors. Read more...

HEAL responds to EU consultation on 2030 climate and energy package

HEAL responded to a recent EU consultation to feed into the Commission’s on-going preparations for more concrete proposals for the 2030 legislative framework which will be presented by the end of 2013. Read more …

Fracking: ENVI committee backs better assessment of risks

HEAL recently sent a letter to members of the ENVI committee in the European Parliament calling on them to support the Zanoni Report which modifies the EIA Directive to address the exploration and extraction in Europe of shale gas and other unconventional hydrocarbons. Read more …

HEAL meets public health stakeholders and civil society in Poland

From 26 – 30 August HEAL met with public health stakeholders in Warsaw as well as with energy policy experts from Polish civil society. The visit marked the start of a new HEAL project in Poland to highlight the links between air pollution, energy and people’s health. Read more …

HEAL as local partner at the second Climate and Health Summit - Join us!

On 16 November the second Climate and Health Summit will take place in parallel to the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland. HEAL will act as a local convening partner for the Summit. Read more …

New evidence on air pollution and lung cancer

A recent article in the Lancet Oncology presents findings from individuals across Europe showing that exposure to particulate matter air pollution increased the risk of lung cancer. Read more...

HEAL in Portuguese Environmental Health Journal

After a request from the Portuguese Society of Environmental Health, HEAL submitted an article on air quality and children’s health to their Environmental Health journal which they produce in collaboration with their Spanish society. Read more…

Living close to heavy traffic strongly linked to heart disease deaths

Research from a study of over a million individuals in Italy shows that there is a link between long-term exposure to vehicle pollution and deaths from heart disease and lung cancer. Read more…

Members’ news



  • 14 - 15 – Bonn, Germany: Second Symposium of the environmental health economics network
  • 16 – EP, Brussels, Belgium: Workshop, Global Health Footprint of Development - More information available here
  • 17 – Zurich, Switzerland: Conference - Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) for risk assessment of food contact material chemicals - More information available here
  • 18 – Lyon, France: RES co-organises Chemistry and Environmental Health Forum - More information and the programme are available here and to register please send an email to
  • 22 October – Day of action against coal


  • 5 November – EP, Brussels, Belgium: Policy from Science event - More information available here
  • 11 – 22 November – Warsaw, Poland: UN COP19 climate negotiations (HEAL delegation attending) - More information on the conference available on the UNFCCC website
  • 14 November – World Diabetes Day
  • 15 November - World Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease Day
  • 16 November – Warsaw, Poland: Second Climate and Health Summit - To find out more and to register for free click here
  • 20 - 22 – Jerusalem, Israel: 7th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment - More information here


  • 9 December – Strasbourg, France: Closing conference of the European Year of Air - More information available here
  • 10 – 11 December – Paris, France: Chemical mixtures: challenges for research and risk assessment - More information available here
  • 18 – Beit Hel HaAvir, Israel: Exposure to Environmental Pollutants, Diabetes and Obesity - More information here

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Media coverage

HEAL tweets

  • NCDs today’s leading #health concern & 1/4 of the burden of diseases is attributed to env. determinants says Jakab @WHO_Europe @HealthandEnv
  • @CHedegaardEU @HealthandEnv #EP reception – Many major killer diseases such as malaria & dengue are highly #climate sensitive
  • @JanezPotocnikEU - Two words to describe our working relationship with @HealthandEnv - ‘Respect’ and ‘cooperation’
  • #EndocrineDisruptors: pressure from #NGOs to speed up the EU legislative proposals expected in autumn. @HealthandEnv

Originally posted on 9 October 2013

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