Human bio-monitoring studies in the EU have found a growing number of different hazardous chemicals in human blood and body tissue. Photograph: iStock

Chemicals are in almost everything we interact with and the World Health Organisation estimates the global production of chemicals will be four times (...)

Glyphosate is cleared for use in the EU until December 2022. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is unlikely to follow Germany and other EU countries in banning use of the weed killer glyphosate– the subject of billion-dollar US lawsuits o(...)

The herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, is manufactured by the Monsanto company, a unit of German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, in St Louis, USA. Photograph: Steffen Schmidt/EPA

The weedkiller glyphosate, which is sold under the trade name Roundup, will continue to be licensed for use in Ireland in spite of a US court awarding(...)

A significant percentage of cheap jewellery on sale in Ireland has been found to contain excessively high levels of lead, nickel, and other potentiall(...)

The rugby pitch in Donnybrook has an all-weather rubber playing surface. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

The European Commission has formally made a request to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to assess whether the presence of cancer causing substanc(...)

Health concerns: crumb rubber is used as infill on 3G and 4G pitches, which have been laid in clubs and leisure centres all over Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The European Commission has asked for the European Chemicals Agency to begin an investigation to establish whether the crumb rubber used as infi(...)

More than 1.5 million patients have been treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using indacaterol-based products. Photograph: Getty Images

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has told EU regulators it will have to stop producing the active ingredient indacaterol at its Ringaskiddy plant (...)