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PRESS RELEASE: We need to secure real-time pollen monitoring in Europe!

Pollen emissions are not man-made and hence cannot be reduced by Member States action. That was the Commission’s reply to a question on facilitating real-time pollen monitoring in the EU, asked by the Italian MEP Andrea Zanoni earlier this year. While pollen might not be directly produced by humans, pollen emissions are very much affected by human activities. Therefore, EFA (the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations),

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Vote on TPD postponed

The vote on the Tobacco Products Directive was rescheduled for 8 October. EFA, together with other health campaigners, is deeply concerned about the delay tactics of the tobacco industry and what a delay of the Directive would mean for public health in Europe. Check out the joint statement of SFP, ASH, Cancer Research UK, EHN and ERS - here.

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Enabling Air Travel with Oxygen in Europe

EFA is pleased to present it's publication, Enabling Air Travel with Oxygen in Europe: An EFA Booklet for Patients with Respiratory Disease, in collaboration with the European Lung Foundation (ELF) in September 2013 as a result of the Oxygen Harmonisation Project. The booklet, which has been endorsed by a Member of the European Parliament, Keith Taylor of the Tourism and Transport Committee, offers practical help for people who have to travel by

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EU Policy Updates

The ENVI Committee protected health of EU citizens, not interests of the tobacco industry The ENVI Committee, the leading Committee responsible for the Tobacco Products Directive at the European Parliament, stood up to the strong tobacco lobby and sided with European citizens. In July, the members of the ENVI Committee endorsed amendments introducing the pictorial warnings covering 75% of the cigarette’s pack (both front and back), a ban on menthol

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Priorities of EU Presidency

Tobacco Products Directive, Clinical Trials and Medical Devices - those are the key legislative dossiers Lithuania aims at making progress in during their Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As Lithuanian Ministers of Health and Environment stressed out to Members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament, Lithuania wants to follow in the previous Presidency’s efforts and move forward with important legislation before the upcoming

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EFA Member News

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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