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New symbol for medicines

New website for medicines under additional monitoring launched The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has introduced a new webpage related to medicines under additional monitoring. Patients and healthcare professionals can always check whether a certain medicine is subject to additional control on the Agency's website which will be reviewed and updated every month. Medicines under additional monitoring will have a black inverted triangle displayed in

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EFA Projects round-up

EFA Oxygen Harmonisation Project In the last two months EFA sent more than 50 questions in different European languages to the European Aviation safety Agency (EASA) regarding the use of oxygen on planes. EASA is now willing to help EFA to address this issue. However, since the organisation deals mainly with safety issues, EFA will have to address the European Commission responsible for rights of passengers. In the meantime, EFA continues collecting

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Member news

EFA “Meet and Greet the European Union Institutions 2013” Training  This year’s “Meet and Greet the European Union Institutions” training combines basic and advanced training to participants. All members that are willing to participate should fill in the registration form by June, 10th 2013. We will confirm your participation by then as we only have 12 places available that will be allocated on the first came, first served basis taking

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Pollen monitoring in the EU NOW

Real-time information on allergenic pollen in the EU is not covered by EU legislation It is estimated that more than 24 % adults (80 million) and up to 40 % children in Europe are suffering from various allergies triggered and aggravated in large measure by airborne allergenic pollens. However, in contrast to air pollutants, there is no obligation to monitor the pollen situation in the European Union and the European Commission has no intention to

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Policy Updates

The European Health Report 2012 The European Health report 2012 describing the overall improvements in health in the WHO European region has now been made available on-line. The general report, published every three years, aims to support and provide the evidence base for the strategic objectives and priorities of Health 2020, the new European policy framework to support actions across government and society for health and wellbeing, endorsed in

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EFA in Meetings

EFA Funding Partners Meeting Our funding partners meeting also took place on the 11 March at EFA Office in Brussels. Every year, EFA invites its funders in a transparent way to meet with the EFA team and the board and discuss progress. For EFA, its also an opportunity to hear from sponsors on their views on supporting EFA in our mission. EFA sincerely thanks all our funding partners for their contribution into our core as well as project funding

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Member News

Longfonds contribution to patients’ involvement in research EFA member Longfonds featured in article from an international medical journal for its efforts in a government initiative aiming to empower patient participation within lung research. The unique study uses case studies to demonstrate the added value patients provide to research projects when their input is valued and integrated successfully. In a special issue on Asthma Research this month

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EU Air Quality

  EU Air Quality cover photo courtesy of: Francois De Ribaucourt www.deribaucourt.com EFA contributes to newly published HEAL report on how coal is affecting health The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), of which EFA is a member, launched a report in March entitled ‘The Unpaid Health Bill: how coal power plants make up sick’, showing the negative impact air pollution, and in particular emissions from coal power plants, have on health.

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EU Projects Update

EFA Partners with Work Package 9 on e-Newsletter and Questionnaire in U-BIOPRED Over the past several months since the U-BIOPRED annual meeting in January, EFA has partnered with the European Lung Foundation (ELF), Asthma UK, Longfonds and other partners from Work Package 9 (WP9) to generate the U-BIOPRED Spring 2013 newsletter. The newsletter includes an interview with Xian Yang (a PhD student and researcher in the project), patients’ stories

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EFA at the European Medicines Agency

EFA participates in the joint meeting of the EMA Patient and Consumer Working Party (PCWP) & Health Care Professionals Working Party At the end of February EFA Board member Lina Buzermaniene attended the joint meeting of the Patient and Consumer & Health Care Professionals Working Parties organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London. This joint meeting with representatives from patients’, consumers’ and healthcare

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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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