Chemicals

Over 100 synthetic chemicals may be found in our blood stream
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In recent years, the use of chemicals in everyday products has increased dramatically. The laws that aim to protect us from health harm often lag behind the knowledge on the hazards. Minimising chemical exposure and encouraging non-chemical alternatives remain priorities.


News on our policy work

Europe finally recognises four phthalates as human endocrine disruptors
In a historic development, four synthetic chemicals - DEHP, DIBP, DBP and BBP - have been identified as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for human health. The news was first released by an official source in Denmark. Read more...

Improved EU decision-making in the area of health and consumer protection
Five European organisations including HEAL sent a letter to EU Commission First Vice-President to propose ways to improve the EU decision-making process in the area of health and consumer protection, including on agricultural products such as pesticides and GMOs. Read more...

EU Commission must fulfil their obligation to reduce pharmaceutical pollution
Representing hundreds of environmental and health organisations in all 28 EU member states and further afield, 14 NGOs called for immediate action and answers as to why the Commission have not yet published a strategic approach to address the pharmaceutical pollution of water. Read more...

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Publications

- 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

- Summary of EP workshop on glyphosate

- 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

- Evaluation of studies that quantified socio-economic costs of EDC-associated health effects (HEAL as reviewer)

- HEAL guest article in German journal Environment and Health

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

Health costs in the EU - How much is related to EDCs? - Available in Spanish - El coste sanitario en la unión europea - ¿Cuánto corresponde a los disruptores endocrinos?










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- Chemical cocktail leaflet now available in Maltese

- CHM materials: Bookmark ENDE, Poster ENDE


Multimedia

- Listen to the MP3 recording from CHE Partnership Call - A High Price to Pay: Obesity, Diabetes, and Associated Costs of Exposure to EDCs in the EU, 28 April 2015

- Listen to the MP3 recording from CHE Partnership Call - Perinatal Exposure to a Mixture of Common Low-Dose Phthalates and Flame Retardants Leads to Autistic Features in Rats, 15 April 2015

- Breakfast television, TVAM, Malta public television
4 Feb 2015, available on Facebook

- Exclusive interview with highly acclaimed biologist & author Sandra Steingraber

- HEAL in Stephane Horel’s documentary film ‘Endoc(t)rinement‘ [FR]


Take Action

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

- SumOfUs petition to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria. Petition is also available in French, Spanish, and in German.

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

Events

2016

March

- 1-2 March, Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament Plenary

- 13-16 March, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament Plenary

April

- 3-6 April, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament Plenary

- 7 April: World Health Day

- 26-27 April, Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament Plenary

- 28 April: World Day for Safety and Health at Work


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

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »

Members

HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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Press: Diana Smith

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