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ASI Welcomes Minister for Health’s Commitment to Tobacco-Free Ireland by 2025 The Asthma Society of Ireland has welcomed the Minister for Health and Children James Reilly TD’s commitment to a tobacco free Ireland by 2025. Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide and 470,000 people in Ireland suffer with the condition, meaning everyone in Ireland knows someone who has asthma. Put another way, asthma affects one in ten Irish

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The GAAPP board elections - the new president is a patient! EFA presented the Allergy Awareness Project at GARD EFA attends the EPF’s Young patients’ seminar ‘EMPATHY’ EFA at Workshop on Food Allergies in Milan   The GAAPP board elections – the new president is a patient! On June 22 2013 the Global Allergy and Asthma Patient Platform (GAAPP), of which EFA is a member, Board elections took place during the EAACI-WAO Congress in Milan.

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EFA Projects Round-Up

EFA’s survey on minimum standards for COPD care in Europe completed This year, EFA conducted a survey to evaluate the minimal standards of care for COPD patients in Europe as viewed by the patients themselves. EFA members and other patient organisations in different European countries were asked to complete a questionnaire concerning the disease in their country. On the basis of information collated EFA is now preparing its publication on Minimal

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COPD as a Priority Disease

COPD finally declared a priority disease by WHO Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was for the first time listed as one of the priorities in the latest World Health Organisation’s (WHO) "Priority Medicines Update Report for Europe and the World". EFA welcomes this decision as it is a big step forward in getting more political recognition and attention to a disease which affects 44 million people in Europe and is expected to become the

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EPF’s clarifications to the Guardian’s article on CTrials data

Brussels, 22 July 2013 – The European Patients’ Forum (EPF) would like to provide some clarifications regarding the article released today on The Guardian’s website and entitled “Big pharma mobilising patients in battle over drugs trials data”. We denounce the accusation that “an army of patients groups” are being “mobilised by Pharma to lobby against plans to force companies to publish secret documents on drugs trials”. On the

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PRESS RELEASE: Industry Guidance on Food Allergens has to be improved!

The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA) welcomes the launch of FoodDrinkEurope Guidance on Food Allergen Management, but some improvements are essential. Setting out general principles to manage specific pre-packed food causing allergy, the Guidance represents a remarkable step forward, especially for countries that do not have such guidelines in place. Nevertheless, from EFA’s perspective there is still

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Air quality in focus during Green Week in Brussels

Green Week 2013 in Brussels The first week of June 2013 was devoted to air quality in Brussels. The biggest annual conference on European environmental policy, Green Week, was held from June 4 to June 7 and offered an insight into developments of air quality improvements and fight against air pollution. Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik set the scene with his opening speech on cleaner air for all, when he addressed EU policies, summarized

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EU Policy Update

Tobacco Product Directive Watered Down The proposed Tobacco Product Directive was discussed in committees at the European Parliament as well as by the EU health ministers at the Council of the European Union. The health ministers of EU Member States met in June in Luxembourg to discuss the draft text on tobacco products regulation prepared by the Irish presidency of the Council of Ministers. The Irish minister of health James Reilly pointed out that

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EFA Member News

RESPIRA launched a national awareness campaign on COPD RESPIRA in partnership with one of the leading Portuguese coffee roasters DELTA CAFÉS launched a national awareness campaign on COPD and other respiratory chronic diseases. In June, thousands of small sugar packs were distributed and used by thousand of Portuguese people when drinking their espressos, which means for most Portuguese at least once a day! Those small packs of sugar have a simple

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Greetings from the EFA AGM and Networking Day

EFA AGM EFA organised its Annual General Meeting 2013 on May 31 in Rome. The event was an occasion for all members to meet and discuss EFA’s projects, accomplishments and future plans. At the AGM the Portuguese Association of people with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases RESPIRA  joined EFA and was warmly welcomed by the AGM. Apart from presentations on EFA’s activities in 2012, strategy for 2013 and 2014, accounts, budget and financial

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EFA Project Symposium: Patients with Allergy Call to Action

EFA symposium on the Call to Action on respiratory allergies On June 2013 EFA, in collaboration with EAACI and WAO, organised a symposium on its Call to Action on respiratory allergies. The event named "Patients with respiratory allergies Call to Action: Raise Awareness, Relieve the Burden" was part of the EAACI-WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013 held in June in Milan, and brought together speakers from EFA, EAACI, PGEU, ARIA and the European

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EFA in meetings

Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking EFA EU Policy Officer Roberta Savli participated in the workshop organised in Athens by our partner organisation European Network for Tobacco Control and Smoking Prevention (ENSP) on the SILNE project - Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking. As a member of SILNE Advisory Board, EFA gave recommendations regarding mid-term results of this three-year EU funded project, its content and work packages’

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