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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

EU LIFE launches AskREACH Project
New project from EU Life to generate more attention and consciousness about Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).
21.09.2017

Biomonitoring of lead and cadmium: Preliminary study on the added value for human exposure and effect assessment
The RIVM (Dutch national institute for public health and the environment) published a report on the biomonitoring of substances possibly hazardous to health
19.09.2017

Milestone achievement: Asbestos banned in Ukraine
Ukraine's Ministry of Health banned asbestos in Ukraine. WECF's and other civil society organisations' work paid off!
01.09.2017

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Latest Press Release

NGOs acknowledge vote on first ever EDC criteria - call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for the sake of human health and environment protection
Today, representatives of European member states from the EU pesticides committee adopted the criteria that are supposed to be used to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (or EDCs) in the future
05.07.2017


Featured Project

Chemikalien im Alltag
Politik, Industrie und Verbraucherinnen können gemeinsam das Risiko durch gesundheitsschädliche Chemikalien in Alltagsprodukten für Frauen, Männer und Kinder verringern.
Donors: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
Partners: BUND, Deutscher Hausfrauenbund, EWMD, Greenpeace, EEB
Duration: 08/2005 - 02/2007


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Latest Publications

How POPs, hazardous chemicals and waste have different exposures and impacts on women's and men's health
Preliminary film on the gender dimensions of POPs and hazardous chemicals in Nigeria
08.06.2017

Beyond 2020: Sustainable Chemistry - NGO recommendations
Position Paper by WECF & IPEN
22.05.2017

Measures against endocrine disrupting chemicals. The example of Denmark, Sweden and France
In June 2016, Wemos, PAN Europe en WECF published the report ‘Measures against endocrine disrupting chemicals. The example of Denmark, Sweden and France’.
19.06.2016

International Women's Day 2016: WECF releases “Women and Chemicals” publication
With its new publication, WECF presents a deeper look at the nexus between gender roles and women’s exposure to hazardous chemicals worldwide and calls for more political action for better health protection
07.03.2016

WECF’s Position Paper on EEHP, WHO MTR in Haifa 2015
Eco Forum, HEAL, WECF International and undersigned signatories present position paper on EEHP
24.04.2015

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