• Food 1

    Eating should be a pleasure, not a scary situation for food allergy patients

  • Food 2

    We need clear and accurate food labelling information

EFA at 69th WHO Regional Committee in Copenhagen
Ahead of this important meeting, EFA produced a video statement which looked into the lessons learnt from the implementation of WHO Health2020 framework in the European region. WHO’s work in 2018/19 ...

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EFA at European Health Stakeholder Meeting in the European Parliament
On September 12th, EFA participated in a panel-discussion in the European Parliament on “Brexit: the European Parliaments’ role in prioritising patients, public health and health security across Europ ...

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Health is In! and with more responsibility in the new European Commission
The European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced the names and portfolios of the new college of Commissioners. The health files were handed to Stella Kyriakides from Cyprus who h ...

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EFA celebrates World Patient Safety Day
On September 17th, EFA has been active on the World Health Organizations’ (WHO) 1st World Patient Safety Day. The day has been set up to create awareness for patient safety and urge people for support ...

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International awareness days – great opportunities for patient groups
International awareness days are an opportunity to educate the general public on specific issues. Especially for patient organisations, it is a great possibility to mobilise political will and resourc ...

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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.
EFA response to EMA consultation on allergen product development in low-sized populations
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation on the basis of a concept paper for a ‘Guideline for allergen products development in moderate to low-sized study populations’. The ...

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EFSA publishes guidance on the use of threshold of toxicological concern approach in food safety assessment
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out a public consultation to receive input from the scientific community and all interested parties on the guidance on the use of the Threshold of Tox ...

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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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First electronic health records of patients exchanged between EU countries
From late June, first health records of patients are exchanged in the EU thanks to the cross-border electronic health services. As of now, doctors in Luxembourg will be able to receive digital patient ...

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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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Being prepared for holidays and festivals with allergy, asthma and eczema
Summer is for holidays. To make them as relaxing as possible, EFA members Allergy UK and Asthma-Allergy Denmark have collected tips on how to prepare for holidays and travelling with allergies, asthma ...

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We spoke about adrenaline auto-injectors at the 2019 EAACI 2019 Congress
EFA participated in the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress, celebrated in Lisbon from 1st to 5th June. The Congress is the biggest world allergy forum in the world, a ...

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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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Apply to participate in the IMI pool of patient experts
The Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) is a public-private partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry. It is working to improve health by speeding up the develop ...

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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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Can people in Europe afford to pay for healthcare? New WHO Report
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has conducted the first systematically report to monitor healthcare related financial protection in Europe. It focuses on financial hardship and unmet needs for hea ...

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WHO publishes first guidelines on digital health interventions
Over the last years, digital tools and solutions have increased their presence within the health sector. Their added value is to be found in numerous aspects, including access to information, diagnosi ...

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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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Join EFA webinar on patients’ data and research
The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in 2018 has risen concerns on the ownership and use of personal data. The use of personal data is necessary in medical research to enable new ...

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What's new - Food labelling

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.
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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Latest research - Food labelling

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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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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Key Facts

1 in 5 Europeans
has reactions to food

14 allergens
are recognised by the European Union

7 million Europeans
have food allergy, 8% of which produce acute anaphylaxis and considered potentially fatal