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Patient Materials section

We are collecting patient education materials from our membership all over Europe.

This activity is framed under EFA's Patient Education Working Group, integrated by European patient experts advocates in health literacy, patient rights and ehealth.

The existing materials gatehered through the Working Group will be classified in this section to promote their use and dissemination among patients, practicioners and companies.

For more information please contact isabel.proano@efanet.org   

Food allergen regulation around the world
EFA member Dutch Food Allergies Foundation, has shared an interactive chart providing interesting information on food allergen regulation around the world. The chart can be accessed here.
Medicines for rare diseases and children conference
On June 17th, the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) organised a conference on medicines for rare diseases and children. About 150 experts were present from  ...

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Catering staff knows too little about food allergies
A new study on restaurant staff reveals low levels of food allergy knowledge and negative attitudes about serving people with food allergies. The study carried out in Germany conducted structured face ...

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EFA response to EMA consultation on information on lactose
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation that discussed the ‘Information for the package leaflet regarding lactose used as an excipient in medicinal products for human use’.  ...

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EFA #ShowLeadership campaign focuses on Risk Factors
EFA and EFA Members stand by the fact that prevention and addressing risk factors are key areas to improve the health of those living with allergies and airways diseases.
EFA signs joint letter to Codex Alimentarius Commission on food allergen labelling
EFA has co-signed a joint letter addressed to the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the body responsible for all matters regarding the implementation of the Joint Food Standards Programme of the Fo ...

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European Parliament approves new rules to boost food safety and consumer trust
Two months after EU ministers agreed on the revision of the food law, last April the European Parliament endorsed revisions put forward by the European Commission for an updated EU General Food Law. T ...

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Increasing reporting of food allergen management problems in the Netherlands
EFA Member, Dutch Food Allergy Foundation, has started a campaign encouraging patients with food allergies and intolerances to report bad experiences within public establishments to the National Repor ...

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What it is like to live with food allergies in Italy
EFA Member, Foodallergy Italia, has conducted many activities around the EFA FOOD DETECTives project and the social media campaign #DetectiveFood. The project aims at collecting good and bad examples  ...

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EFA launches #DetectiveFood to denounce malpractice of allergen labelling
To mark World Allergy Week celebrated last 7-13 of April 2019, EFA together with its Members launched a social media campaign called #DetectiveFood. First EFA project specifically focused on food al ...

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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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Stichting Voedselallergie: Broadcast on food safety in hospitals
A survey co-organised by EFA Member Stichting Voedselallergie (Dutch Food Allergies Foundation) shows that hospitals are not always taking care of food allergies of their patients. EFA Board memb ...

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Food allergies were on the spotlight in Brussels at the International Symposium on Food Allergens
On 18th October 2018 took place an International Symposium on Food Allergens: regulation, management and detection. The symposium was set in Brussels and organised by the CER Groupe, a research centre ...

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New President for the food allergy patients in France
AFPRAL, the French Association for the Prevention of Allergies, has a new elected president, Pascale Couratier, replacing exiting President Véronique Olivier. Pascale has been working for AFPRAL for m ...

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AEPNAA Summer Camp 2018 for children with food and latex allergies
From June the 23rd to July the 1st , AEPNAA organised  their annual Summer Camp, aiming towards children with food and latex allergies. During this week, children between 6 and 16 years ...

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Chronic disease alliance calls for EU’s attention and money on health
On May 16th EFA Isabel Proaño participated in the official launch of the European Chronic Disease Alliance manifesto, called “Europe’s health deserves the EU’s attention: Investing in chronic disease  ...

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Italian patients celebrate the Food Allergy Awareness Week
  EFA Member Food Allergy Italia participated in the Food Allergy Awareness Week celebrated in May. Patient associations mobilise people online from the 13th to the 19th of May to show  ...

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EFA highlights the food labelling and nutrition needs of allergy and COPD patients at first EPF Nutrition task force
Last 23rd of March, EFA took part in the first EU patients’ task force on nutrition organised by the European Patients’ Forum. The kick-off of this discussion platform is of particular interest for EF ...

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IMPARAS: Risk analysis for allergenicity of new food proteins
On the 22nd of February, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Roberta Savli and EFA Vice-President Erna Botjes participated in a workshop organised by Imparas, a COST action of the European U ...

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New guidelines to establish diets in children with food allergy
Food allergy is becoming increasingly common in infants and young children. Managing this disease can be a great challenge due to the patients’ young age. Researchers have been looking at how to devel ...

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