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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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EFA Projects Round-up

EFA COPD Project – Minimum Standards for COPD Care for Europe! In May, EFA office finalised the new questionnaire outlining the guidelines for minimum standardisation of care for COPD patients in Europe. The questionnaire was sent to all EFA members representing COPD patients who are kindly asked to complete the survey for final evaluation. Our partners ERS, Almirall, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chiesi and Novartis can support EFA members on national

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EFA Projects Round-up

EFA COPD Project – Minimum Standards for COPD Care for Europe! In May, EFA office finalised the new questionnaire outlining the guidelines for minimum standardisation of care for COPD patients in Europe. The questionnaire was sent to all EFA members representing COPD patients who are kindly asked to complete the survey for final evaluation. Our partners ERS, Almirall, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chiesi and Novartis can support EFA members on national

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The Tobacco Debate is Heating Up!

Amendments to the proposed Tobacco Product Directive tabled More than 1360 amendments to the new Tobacco Product Directive, which is currently being discussed at the European Parliament, were tabled in May 2013. EFA is going to have a look at all of them and advocate for those which will help to put people off smoking and relieve the burden for patients already suffering from respiratory diseases. Amendments were discussed on May 30 at the ENVI Committee

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EU Policy Updates

Tobacco Product Directive On May 30 the ENVI Committee discussed amendments to the proposed Tobacco Product Directive, which is currently being discussed at the European Parliament. More than 1360 amendments were tabled and EFA is going to have a look at all of them and advocate for those which will help to put people off smoking and relieve the burden for patients already suffering from respiratory diseases. The proposal was also discussed at the

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EFA in Meetings

Impact of the economic crisis on EU citizens’ access to medicines Can EU citizens afford their medicines? That was the main topic of a full-day event organised by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) at the European Parliament on May 16. The conference hosted by MEP Alejandro Cercas “Can EU citizens afford their medicines? The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe” attracted several stakeholders, policy-makers and patients’

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