Monthly Archives: December 2012

Seasonal EU Policy Updates

Council Conclusion​s on healthy ageing across the lifecycle At the European Union’s EPSCO Council meeting (Employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs) on the 7th of December 2012, European health ministers adopted Council conclusions on Healthy Ageing across the Lifecycle. The conclusions build on a September 2012 conference on the topic and call for efforts to foster health promotion, disease prevention and early diagnosis. They

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Welcome to EFA e-News December 2012

Welcome to our holiday edition, including special seasonal advice from across Europe for people with allergy & respiratory diseases and a special report from our first pilot training on ‘how to do a national disease specific programme.’  The EFA board and staff send their warmest holiday wishes to all members, partners, funding partners, colleagues, policy makers and patients all over Europe. Thank you sincerely for your support & vision

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New Intern Position at EFA 2013

EFA is currently looking for a Brussels-based policy and project Intern to begin in 2013. The candidate will support the work of three other staff members and have the opportunity to gain valuable experience of NGO work, take responsibility for specific issues according to ability and interest and represent people with allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at European level. Candidates should have an interest in health

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EFA in Meetings

EPHA conference on children’s health and well-being On the 4th of December the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) held a seminar at the European Parliament “From rhetoric to action – Tackling child poverty and promoting children’s health and well-being in the EU.” EFA was represented by Roberta Savli, EU Policy and Project Officer. Several policy makers discussed the topic from a multi-sectoral point of view, acknowledging the need

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Treatment Updates

Further reports of problems with ANAPEN injectors Having first heard reports of potential problems with ANAPEN injectors in the UK last May, EFA has received news of further concerns, this time from France. EFA’s French member, Association Française pour la Prévention des Allergies (AFPRAL), has said the French drugs agency, Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM), has received reports of defects in the

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Seasonal Member News

Take Care This Christmas! It’s easy to chill out and relax at Christmas and be a little less careful about your allergies. So remember these simple steps to help keep you safe. Tell those around you of your allergies, which is especially important if you are with new friends or family that may not be aware. Remember to keep your medications, such as adrenaline, antihistamines or inhalers, with you at all times.  Don’t tempt fate – check all

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Implementing a National Allergy Programme

EFA publishes report on Finnish Allergy Programme educational meeting in Helsinki During the Finnish Allergy Programme educational meeting in Helsinki, many useful and sometimes surprising lessons were learned about the best ways to raise awareness of a cause and take action when the way forward (and sources of funding!) may not necessarily be clear. The report details how EFA delegations from Italy (Tuscany), Norway and Bulgaria – all of which

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Release of the Tobacco Products Directive

Just before the Christmas break, the European Commission has finally released the long-awaited revision of the tobacco products directive. More than ten years have passed since the adoption of the current directive. During this time, there have been several market, scientific and international developments in the tobacco sector and the existing rules present a number of weaknesses, gaps and loopholes. Therefore, it has become necessary to update

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EFA is Hiring an EU Policy and Programme Intern for 2013!

EFA European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations Is looking for EU Policy and Programme Intern (m/f) to start 2013   EFA is the network of European patient organisations that represents people with allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at European level. EFA is dedicated in making Europe a place where people with these diseases have the right to best quality of care and safe environment,

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Adopting a New Approach to Allergies, Introducing the Finnish Allergy Program 2008-2018

Helsinki, 8-9 November 2012 - Representatives from the Finnish Allergy Programme (FAP) joined participants from three EFA member delegations visiting Helsinki from Bulgaria, Italy and Norway to educate them on the FAP's origins and successful implementation. The two day  meeting introduced the FAP in a clear and understandable format, while allowing for an opportunity for the delegations to collaborate and brainstorm comparable national programmes

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Welcome to the November eZine!

Hello and welcome to this month’s round-up of EFA activities, updates and news!  This month EFA has been busy writing a position paper on pollen forecasting, submitting a paper to EMA on the involvement of young people in reviewing medicines as well as an open letter to Commission President Barroso calling for the release of the new tobacco products legislation, we report on EFA member activities for World COPD Day, EFA reports from the Finnish

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EFA Pollen Paper

EFA is pleased to announce it has written a position paper on pollen forecasting in Europe. The paper draws attention to the fact that the current economic crisis is threatening the future of European pollen forecasting services, and calls on the EU to take action to prevent this.  EFA position paper calls for legislation to ensure pollen forecasting in Europe EFA has written a position paper on the need to legislate for pollen forecasting in Europe,

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