Pesticides are designed to be toxic and they are found everywhere
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Everywhere we go, we are exposed to pesticides; from the parks and gardens we play in, to the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Minimising pesticides exposure and encouraging non-chemical alternatives remain priorities.

News on our policy work

EU Member States adopt revised EDC proposal - A step in the right direction, but not enough
EU Member States voted in favour of a European Commission proposal on identification criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in December 2017, which will leave human health at risk. Read more…

ED Guidance consultation: Health protective identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals - A challenge under current implementation plans
A public consultation on the guidance document for the application of the identification criteria of EDCs closed on 31 January 2018. HEAL regrets the proposed approach, which will make the identification of EDCs even more challenging. Read more…

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Take action

- #StopGlyphosate ECI. Protect our health, sign our petition today!

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!


- Joint publication: The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA

- Open letter to Members of REACH Committee on D4D5, phthalates, and nanoforms

- Letter to the EP Environment Committee - EDCs: One more way CETA endangers public health and the environment

- HEAL supports joint EU-Canada statement on CETA

- HEAL Technical Briefing EDC Criteria for Member States

- EPHA leaflet ’The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA (Contribution by HEAL and CIEL)

- ISDE Italy conference on EDCs in Milan - presentation and audio by Lisette van Vliet

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- NGOs express support for restriction of chemical PFOA to REACH committee

- HEAL submissions to public consultation on pesticides and biocides

- IPEN and the Endocrine Society’s Introduction to EDCs – available in new languages!

- A compliance check of the European Parliament’s TTIP Resolution – A preliminary analysis by CIEL, Client and HEAL, 7 July 2016

- Resource pack: Advice on impacts of EDCs pesticides on pregnant women


- YouTube video: MEP Michèle Rivasi joins HEAL to call for reductions in pesticide use

- Photos from Pesticide Action Week EU action

- 25 March: Lisette van Vliet (HEAL) interviewed about imminent dangers of EDCs and other chemicals, Euranet Plus via Soundcloud

- 25 March: Sophie Borderes (Pesticide Action Week) interviewed about traces of numerous pesticides in her body, Euranet Plus via Soundcloud

- EP studio TV interview with NFU on pesiticides
’Europe and You’ (3.24-13.32 minutes), 7 March 2015

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Pesticides

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