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Press Release: World COPD Day 2014

Air travel for patients requiring oxygen should be facilitated, not hindered On the World COPD Day, EFA calls on European air travel authorities to rule on the use of medical oxygen on airports and plane cabins November 19, World COPD Day, Brussels – More than 3.5 million people need medical oxygen in Europe (1) and many are advised by their doctors to move to regions with temperate climates that will ease the symptoms of their disease. However

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EFA members Meet and Greet the new European Parliament

This year 2014 has been earmarked with the European Parliament’s elections and the nomination of the new College of Commissioners. To discuss these changes, as well as the new challenges and opportunities they represent for people with allergy, asthma and COPD, EFA organised the fifth Meet and Greet training for members. On the 13th and 14th of October 2014, 11 representatives from 7 EFA member organisations and Lung Cancer Europe (Luce) gathered

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EFA Capacity Building Project update

In October 2014 EFA launched a brand-new own project called EFA Capacity Building Project aimed at bringing its members  into a position to contribute to run their own projects and organizations more effectively at national level while improving their ability to become involved in EFA projects. Capacity Building Meeting in Florence The first Capacity Building meeting took place in Florence, Italy (October 4-5), where EFA met FederASMA and ALLERGIE

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EFA Members news (October 2014)

The Finnish Pulmonary Association Heli launches a video with healthy tips A few days ago, European clocks felt back an hour to mark the end of the European summer time: with the change, we can enjoy an extra hour of the morning light. For EFA Member the Finnish Pulmonary Association Heli this hour should not only serve to save energy, but also to invest in our health. The association has launched a nice campaign encouraging respiratory patients

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EFA at the European Health Forum Gastein (October 2014)

With its three-day programme, the European Health Forum Gastein is the leading annual event for  EU health policy serving as a platform for policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss about needs and latest developments in the field of health. As 2014 is a crucial year for European politics in general and for health policy in Europe in particular due to the European Parliament elections and the nomination of a new College of Commissioners, the topic

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EU Policy Update (October 2014)

October was busy in Europe! The new European Commission was approved by the European Parliament, the discussion on the Clean Air Package is getting more intense, the European Medicines Agency improved the database on reporting adverse drug reactions, and EFA together with European Network for Smoking and Tobacco prevention published a guide on e-cigarettes addressed to the EU Member States.   The European Commission 2014-2019 is confirmed! On

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EFA in Meetings (October 2014)

MedTech Forum: more needs, higher expectations On the 15th-17th of October 2014, MedTech Europe’s alliance members Eucomed and EDMA organised the seventh MedTech Forum in Brussels with the theme “More needs. Higher expectations. Smaller bugets.Can the European MedTech industry deliver?” The European MedTech Forum is the largest health and medical technology industry conference in Europe. EFA was represented by Board member Isabel Saraiva, from

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EFA Patients took the floor at the ERS Congress 2014

Among the 22,000 delegates that assisted to the latest European Respiratory Society Congress (ERS) that took place from 6 to 10 September in Munich, 28 European and national patients’ organisations participated, represented by 44 individuals, many of them were patient representatives from the EFA network. As in past editions, the ERS proved to be a perfect occasion to share patients’ views with other international organisations, healthcare professionals

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EU Policy update – September 2014

Fundamental changes in the new European Commissioners College In September the new European Commissioners’ team was designated by the new President of the Commission, the Luxembourgish Jean Claude Junker. Before the new Commissioners’ College start sworking from 1st of November, the designated candidates will go through the European Parliament’s hearings and approval procedure. The new Commission present essential changes of interest for EFA’s

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EFA Member news – September 2014

EFA met with the German Allergy and Asthma Association On September the 10th, EFA met with representatives of the German Allergy and Asthma Association - Deutscher Allergie- und Asthmabund e.V. (DAAB) to share current activities and explore potential collaboration in the future. The organization is the eldest European patient organization focused on allergy and asthma, already existing since 1897 and has developed a wide collection of successes over

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EU Projects update – September 2014

EARIP in action More than 20 partners’ representatives gathered during the ERS Congress to present Work Packages evolution of European Asthma Research Innovation Partnership (EARIP) and several workshops held by EARIP on fundamental issues in asthma care, such as diagnosis and self-management tools. EFA’s Susanna Palkonen presented in the partners meeting on the status of the literature review on national asthma programmes, which has been drafted

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EFA in events – September 2014

EMA Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party In the last Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party meeting that took place in London on September 16, EFA, represented by Lina Buzermaniene, was pleased to witness that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will  involve patients into the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) work after several formal requests from patient organisations. For the time being, patients involvement into

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