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Towards European healthcare with no harm to citizens and the environment

On 21 March 2013, Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH-E) organised a parliamentary lunch workshop to discuss why we should move towards a non-toxic European healthcare system and demand for alternatives to harmful chemicals in medical devices. The event was hosted by MEP Corine Lepage and aimed at contributing towards the current debate in the EP on the new  Commission’s proposal on the Medical Device Regulation (COM(2012) 542 final).The workshop conveyed the opinion of medical device producers, doctors and hospital facility managers about their experience in producing, purchasing and using medical devices without EDCs and in particular phthalates.

HCWH-E calls on the legislators, hospital systems and the general public to increase the pressure on industry to encourage the production and commercialization of medical devices that do not contain phthalates and consequently cause no harm to the health of European citizens.

Download the press release here

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European Parliament wants action on EDCs to protect health

On 14 March 2013 the European Parliament adopted MEP Asa Westlund’s report on the ´Protection of public health from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)´. The adopted text is available here.

The report reflects the serious concern and the strong desire to see comprehensive and multifaceted EU policy action.

Our EDC Free campaign welcomes the European Parliament´s call for more urgent action.

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New CIEL report ‘Driving Innovation: How stronger laws help bring safer chemicals to market’

Innovation_Chemical_Feb2013 A new report released by campaign partner The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) illustrates how stronger laws to regulate hazardous chemicals spur innovation, with potential benefits for national economies, as well as human health and the environment.

Driving Innovation: How stronger laws help bring safer chemicals to market finds that tougher rules to manage chemicals at the global, regional and national levels have sparked the continuous invention of safer chemicals, accelerating the pace at which safer alternatives are developed, and pulled them into the market.

“Our study finds that stronger laws governing hazardous chemicals can not only drive innovation, but also create a safer marketplace,” said Baskut Tuncak, staff attorney at CIEL and author of the report. “Well-designed laws spark the invention of alternatives and further help level the playing field to enable safer chemicals to overcome barriers to entry, such as economies of scale enjoyed by chemicals already on the market and the externalized costs of hazardous chemicals on human health.”

Download the full report here
Read an overview of the report here

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”Unacceptable levels” wins first Health and Environment Film Prize

Ed Brown winner”Unacceptable levels” by Ed Brown, (USA) became the winner of the first-ever film prize on health and environment at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in Paris on 26 February 2013.

The prize was established by a partnership between FIFE, the festival organisers and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).

The film addresses the theme of the chemicals that are invading our environment and puts practical questions to the audience about these substances and where they are found. The director tries to offer the audience answers by questioning scientists and representatives of NGOs which leads to the conclusion that governments are not necessarily doing all they should to protect the public. Ultimately, the film encourages everyone to look more deeply into these questions for ourselves.

View the trailer here


The award of a trophy and cheque for 5,000 Euros was given to Ed Brown by Sylvie Gilman, one of the judges in this new “Health and Environment Film Prize”.

HEAL press release in EN here
WECF press release in FR here

Post from Campaign secretariat HEAL