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EFA Members’ News – June 2014

Allergy awareness campaign in Copenhagen To engage public interest prior to the EAACI Congress, Astma-Allergi Danmark launched the campaign “Trapped by Allergy”, where two individuals were trapped in a box placed in front of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. The ‘prisoners’ attracted attention and handed out flyers to passers-by with information on allergy. EAACI made a presentation of the campaign. [caption id="attachment_5407" align="aligncenter"

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EFA organises first event at European Parliament

Patient involvement is a key for the success of EU innovative research for allergy and respiratory diseases Patients’ representatives from more than 25 European countries participated in the very first stakeholder event of the new European Parliament, co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Catherine Stihler (United Kindgom, S&D) and Petru Luhan (former MEP from Romania, EPP) with the participation of Karin Kadenbach (Austria,

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Press Release: EFA event on EU innovative research

Patient involvement is a key for the success of EU innovative research for chronic diseases EFA event at the European Parliament Brussels, 23 June 2014 – Patients’ representatives from more than 25 European countries participated in the very first stakeholder event of the new European Parliament, co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Catherine Stihler (United Kindgom, S&D) and Petru Luhan (former MEP from Romania, EPP) with

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Press Release: World No Tobacco Day 2014

Tobacco continues killing 700,000 Europeans every year Raising tax on tobacco, an effective solution to prevent tobacco deaths Brussels, 31 May 2014 (World No Tobacco Day) – The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) promote support for smokers that take the important step of quitting smoking to improve the length and quality of their

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‘Know your air for health’ website

EFA and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) have launched a website to sheds light on how air pollution is implicated in the development and rise of asthma, and provides tips on reducing exposure. Launched in the World Asthma Day, The “Know your air for health” website is written in English, German and Italian and primarily seeks to benefit vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, children, patients and the elderly, because they are

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EU Policy update – May 2014

Currently the European Union institutions are carrying out several consultations that are relevant to EFA’s activities. In this section, you will find information about the consultations on (1) fragrance allergens, (2) primary care definition, and (3) air quality, (4) allergenic foods and food ingredients for labelling purposes’, as well EFA’s position on the mentioned issues, prepared in close collaboration with our members. In addition, EFA’s

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EFA in meetings – May 2014

European Summit on Hospital Pharmacy The European Summit on Hospital Pharmacy, organised by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) took place in Brussels on May, 14th-15th. The event brought together representatives of the hospital pharmacy profession, patients and healthcare professional groups from 34 countries around Europe. EFA was represented by Roberta Savli, EU Policy Advisor, and Jelena Malinina, EU Policy Assistant. The

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EFA Patients will discuss at the European Parliament

Benefits of EU research on allergy, asthma and COPD On June 17th 2014, EFA invites all stakeholders interested in ongoing EU-funded research initiatives for allergy, asthma and COPD to the European Parliament for the event “Does innovative research for allergy and respiratory disease in the European Union benefit patients?”. The event will be hosted by Catherine Stihler, Member of European Parliament underscoring the importance of innovative

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EFA Members’ News – May 2014

In May, EFA’s Members led allergy and asthma related activities during the World Asthma Day 2014. [caption id="attachment_5239" align="alignright" width="300"] Boxes from the Finnish Pieni Ele fundraising campaign[/caption] The Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation participated in the “Pieni Ele” (a small gesture in Finnish) fundraising campaign. The campaign, organized in parallel to the European elections, was a result of a collaboration

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New European Parliament!

The new European Parliament will have 751 seats compared to the 766 existing in the old Parliament. The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) will remain the largest group with 214 seats, ahead of the 191 for the centre-left Socialists & Democrats, according to the latest count. The rest of the groups present varying degrees of success in the election, as shown in the chart below. This might be one of the most important elections to date

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Consultation on fragance allergens

The European Commission might include new measures for fragrance allergens The European Commission has recently launched an open consultation on fragrance allergens to respond to new allergic reactions to certain cosmetics. To date, legislation regulating cosmetic products provides that perfume should be listed as ingredient under the words “parfum” or “aroma”, while a total of 26 fragrance allergens should be explicitly mentioned. However,

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New Tobacco Measures from 2016

New Tobacco Measures from 2016 The EU has finally published the Tobacco Products Directive After being formally adopted last March by the Council of the European Union, the executive institution at EU level, the Tobacco Products Directive has finally been published and will enter into force in May. It grants Member States a two-year transposition period to implement the provisions contained in the directive in their respective countries. Given that

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