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Chemicals & Health

WECF and its members advocate for non-chemical alternatives worldwide, based on three principles: polluter pays, reversal of the burden of proof and the precautionary principle, and will highlight the gaps and inadequacies in current legislation. WECF raises awareness amongst consumers and encourages them to ask questions about the products they allow into their homes. WECF does not only focus on toxic chemicals in consumer products. In Armenia, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine old pesticide stockpiles pose a serious threat to the environment and public health. Partner organizations try to attract attention to these problems and cooperate with the local and national authorities to isolate or remove the stockpiles and reduce the threat to humans, animals and the environment.

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Latest News & Reports

WECF made 15 key recommendations for French public consultation on health and environment
Aim of consultation is to implement a national EDCS strategy
10.10.2014

SIN List update by ChemSec includes new tool for sustainable substitution
The SIN list, highlighting chemicals of high concern since 2008, includes additional 28 chemicals for priority action and launches online tool for sustainable substitution for businesses
08.10.2014

"From Science to Prevention": WECF organizes international conference on breast cancer
"What is primary prevention of breast cancer all about in 2014?" Lyon, France, 14th October 2014, Ruban de l'Espoir 2014
03.10.2014 | WECF

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Latest Press Release

Time to act: protecting children from hormone disrupting chemicals
Debate with policy makers in Brussels looks at need to speed up EU action to protect children’s exposure to harmful ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals
21.02.2014 | WECF


Featured Project

Baltic Info Campaign on Hazardous Substances
Many products used in every day life, like toys, cosmetics, plastic products, etc. contain hazardous chemicals. In the Baltic States people are often not aware of this and sufficient regulation is not in place. The overall goal of the project is to initiate a stronger demand at the society in the three Baltic States for products free of hazardous substances via awareness raising activities.
Donors: EU Life+
Partners: Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia (BEF EE), Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia (BEF LV), Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania (BEF LT), WECF, Environmental Film Studio (VFS), Tallinn University (TLU), Liepaja University (LiepU), Rautakesko AS Estonia (Rautakesko EE)
Duration: 10/2011 - 03/2015


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Latest Publications

Balkan Training Kit
Chemical Safety of Toys
03.09.2014

WECF and partners propose chemicals targets for Sustainable Development Goals
UNEP 2012 global chemicals report estimates close to 1 million deaths from harmful chemicals and pesticides each year
16.05.2014

WECF report Textiles: Stop the chemical overdose!
Chemical contents of children's wear, textiles regulation, labels and more
31.10.2013

New Publication on NCDs: Environmental factors one of the main causes of preventable deaths
Civil Society Groups release, in cooperation with UNEP, first publication about non-communicable diseases and environmental determinants
27.08.2013 | Joint Press Release

Pregnant Women and Unborn Babies Susceptibility to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
WECF Positionpaper for a stronger regulation on EDC
16.04.2013

Toys Safety in the Balkans
Safe consumer products are a demand for countries to be able to join the European Union. WECF is helping out Albania and Macedonia in their struggle to improve the situation
04.04.2013

WECF guide on Renovation and D.I.Y
The information brochure "Renovation & do it yourself" informs on avoiding hazardous chemicals in your home while renovating
04.03.2013

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