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COPD: Substances at work have same effect as smoking
EFA member Long Fonds has published results of a research indicating that substances at work can cause COPD when being inhaled. The study carried out by Marike Boezen of UMC Groningen claims that “the ...

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EFA in the EU Chemicals Policy 2030 conference
EFA was present in the conference on EU chemicals policy 2030, organised by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Brussels on 27-28 June. On the 1st day, EFA joined the session on ‘Improving the reg ...

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EFA at ECHA Safer Chemicals conference
EFA participated in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) conference on Safer Chemicals, which took place in Helsinki on May 22nd. As official ECHA stakeholders, this conference was very important for  ...

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European Parliament adopts resolution on Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals
In its last plenary sitting under the current election term, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs). Such are chemicals that, at a certain level, can have ...

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EFSA launches new framework to evaluate the cocktail effects of chemicals in food
We are constantly exposed to chemicals in our daily life. It is in the cookies we eat, the cosmetics we use, and the clothes that we wear. Fortunately, most of them do not harm the majority of the pop ...

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EFA continues to be the only patient organisation working with European Chemicals Agency
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) organised its annual Accredited Stakeholder Workshop on 21 March 2019 in Brussels to mainly discuss ECHA’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023 with official stakeholders, lik ...

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EFA calls for a European Air Quality strategy at the European Health Parliament
EFA was invited to bring the perspective of allergy and airways diseases patients to a debate on environment and human health at the 3rd Plenary of the European Health Parliament, an advocacy forum co ...

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EFA trains allergy and airways diseases patient leaders at Meet and Greet the EU
The upcoming EU elections provide great opportunities to strengthen the voice of people living with allergies and airways diseases across Europe. Hence, this years’ EFA Meet & Greet training on Ja ...

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The Human Biomonitoring in Europe, or how to assess our exposure to chemicals
On 28 September the Austrian EU Presidency organised in Vienna a major European conference on the health effects of environmental chemicals. The conference entitled "Human Biomonitoring in Europe -  ...

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Check the air quality in your city! WHO publishes the biggest ambient air pollution database
This May 2018, the World Health Organisation has updated the ambient air quality database, which now covers 4,300 cities in 108 countries. These data are the world’s most comprehensive database on amb ...

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EU launches “Chemicals in our life” multilingual website
In March the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a new dedicated website to inform consumers about the benefits and risks of chemicals in their everyday lives. While 65% of Europeans are worri ...

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EFA brings the patients perspective to the European Chemical Agency meeting for the first time
EFA participated for the first time to the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) communicator’s network meeting on the 19th October, as a civil society representative affected by the daily use of chemical ...

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Third year of scent sensitivity campaign in Finland
EFA Member the Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation organized its scent sensitivity campaign for the third time last November attracting media attention and visibility to the problem of fragrances.  ...

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Indoor paint gets Danish blue wreath for the first time
For many years, EFA Member Asthma and Allergy Denmark has analysed indoor paint products to see if they met the standards of their blue wreath, a seal that enables allergic consumers to easily find if ...

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Household chemicals and allergies
Material: This presentation inform patients about the diversity of chemicals we use in everyday life. The presentation explores those materials that are more suitable for allergic people. Origi ...

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Environmental Determinants Working Group October Update
On the 7th of October, EFA Environmental Determinants Working Group held a teleconference to discuss the unmet needs of people with allergy, asthma and COPD. Members identified actions needed and w ...

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Press Release: Will the European Parliament confirm its commitment to clean air & better health?
Air pollution is often considered as an environmental issue, rather than a health matter when in fact over 400,000 Europeans die prematurely from the effects of air pollution every year. This is 10 ti ...

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Could genetically modified plants be beneficial for people with allergies?
On the 17th of June, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) organised a workshop on the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified plants, gathering over 80 international experts. Following t ...

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Feasible measures to protect our health and environment from climate change
Climate change is impacting our lives more than we think. The most obvious health impact of a warming climate is, of course, more dangers from extreme heat, to which people with respiratory disease ar ...

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EU Policy update (April 2015)
Launch of Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma: EFA/EAACI REPORT The European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma was launched on the 25th of March. The event was co-hosted by the Inte ...

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