Our policy submissions

Our interaction with decision makers 

We submit evidence and offer informed opinions to decision makers on actions they can take to support the primary prevention of breast cancer. We regularly input into public consultations and provide feedback on draft legislation and regulations published by the UK Government, public health bodies and regulators.

Breast Cancer UK is a member of the UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum, set up by the Government to inform UK Chemicals Policy. We are also an accredited stakeholder within the Health & Safety Executive (The UK Chemicals regulator).

Our submissions, letters and joint initiatives can be found below.

Letter to Public Health Minister Maggie Throup MP, September 2021.

We wrote to Maggie Throup MP following her appointment as Public Health Minister to introduce her to our work and to call for urgent action to put the primary prevention of breast cancer at the heart of public health and cancer plans.

Joint letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Home Office Review into the use of animals in medical research, August 2021.

Breast Cancer UK joined NGOs and scientists in signing a joint letter led by Animal Free Research UK to the Prime Minister and senior ministers calling on the Government deliver an action plan as part of the Home Office review to phase out animal experiments and phase in a modern, high-tech, human specific approach to medical research.

Joint letter to UK Health Security Agency Chief Executive Dr Jenny Harris on the responsibilities of the new agency to monitor, research and regulate the effects of harmful chemicals on the nation’s health, July 2021

Breast Cancer UK developed a joint letter to call for the new body to give urgent attention to policy measure that minimise or reduce public exposure to harmful chemicals. The UK Health Security Agency will take over the responsibilities of Public Health England and will be fully operational in October 2021.

Joint Letter to Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, on the responsibilities of new Office for Health Promotion to support the prevention of ill-health, July 2021

Breast Cancer UK developed a joint letter with Public Health & Environmental organisations to call for the new Office for Health Promotion to address the environmental and occupational drivers of disease as part of its remit before it comes into force in October 2021.

Joint Policy Paper to DEFRA on the forthcoming UK Chemicals Strategy, May 2021

Breast Cancer UK joined Public Health and Environmental NGOs to submit 12 key asks to DEFRA calling for the forthcoming UK chemicals strategy to strengthen protections for UK citizens and the environment from harmful chemicals.

Joint Letter to UK Environment Minister highlighting our key calls to action for the UK Chemicals Strategy, May 2021

Breast Cancer UK joined NGOs including CHEM Trust, Green Alliance and the Alliance for Cancer Prevention to call on DEFRA to use the forthcoming UK Chemicals Strategy as an opportunity to maintain and enhance public health and environmental protections from harmful chemicals.

Joint letter to Secretaries of State calling on the Government to resist calls to deregulate the UK Chemicals Regime, March 2021.

Breast Cancer UK joined public health and environmental groups to outline concerns about industry attempts to deregulate the UK Chemicals regime (UK REACH) and call on the Government to live up to its commitments to maintain and enhance public health and environmental protections from harmful chemicals.

Submission to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the National Action Plan for Pesticides, February 2021.

We responded to the Draft National Action Plan for Pesticides calling on the Government to introduce ambitious pesticide reduction targets and to give public health bodies direct responsibilities to monitor and recommend restrictions on substances of concern to protect the nation’s health.

Joint letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling on the Government to give Parliament a clear say on future trading arrangements, January 2021.

Breast Cancer UK joined NGOs including Greener UK, Client Earth, CHEM Trust and businesses in calling on the Government to ensure that arrangements are in place to ensure the effective scrutiny of future trade deals and for the UK to show global leadership in putting public health and environmental protections at the heart of its independent trade policy.

Breast Cancer UK comments on restriction process for UK REACH, December 2020.

We submitted policy proposals to DEFRA on proposed provisions for the authorisation and restriction of chemicals and arrangements for stakeholder engagement under the new UK chemicals regime due to come into force on 1st January 2021.

Joint Letter to Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health calling for urgent action on harmful chemicals to protect the nation’s health, November 2020.

Breast Cancer UK developed a joint letter calling on the Health Secretary to give the New National Institute for Health Protection direct responsibilities to research, monitor and regulate harmful chemicals to protect public health. Signatories included: CHEM Trust, Alliance for Cancer Prevention,  Women’s Environment Network, Pesticides Action Network and Unchecked UK.

Joint letter to George Eustice Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Proposed UK Chemicals Regime, October 2020

We joined CHEM Trust, Cancer Prevention & Education Society, Alliance for Cancer Prevention, Friends of the Earth and Unchecked UK to express our concerns regarding Brexit preparations for a proposed GB REACH regime and the implications for public health and environmental protections from harmful chemicals.

To view our past submissions please follow this link.


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