Dorota Napierska - Chemicals Policy & Projects Officer

I am responsible for the organisation’s work on safer chemicals, which includes improving awareness of the health and environmental risks posed by key chemicals of concern used in healthcare products, identifying priorities for action, and opportunities for substitution. I also oversee our EU advocacy strategy on policies and regulations related to chemicals and non-toxic products. This work involves advocacy actions aimed at promoting better laws and regulations related to chemicals and their enforcement, with the overall goal to eliminate hazardous substances, protect vulnerable groups which are at highest risk, and provide incentives to develop new, safer chemicals.

After obtaining a Master degree in Marine Biology, I was for many years involved in multidisciplinary research and international projects in the fields of aquatic toxicology, biochemistry and nanotoxicology. This resulted in a PhD degreDres in Biology (Biochemistry) and in Biomedical Sciences (Nanotoxicology), obtained from University of Gdansk, Poland, and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, respectively.

Prior to joining HCWH Europe, I worked as an expert in chemical safety and security for the European Commission (DG Joint Research Center), as a researcher at the Department of Public Health of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and as an Associate Professor at the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Gdynia, Poland. I’m also a European Registered Toxicologist.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking a walk in nature, reading, and cooking.

For those who also care about the environment and our health, and wonder if they could or should get more involved, I would like to say: do it! As Marie Skłodowska Curie once said, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves”.

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