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    Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases

EFA launches #ShowLeadership campaign
Living with allergies and airways diseases has become a daily burden for over 200 million people in Europe. The drastic increase of people living with allergy, asthma and COPD has overwhelmed the Euro ...

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WHO urges stronger action to reduce deaths from Non-Communicable diseases in Europe
On April 9th and 10th, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held a High-Level Conference on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Turkmenistan. The discussions were focused on national actions to reduce  ...

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Delivering patient value discussed at EU Parliament
To mark the 13th European Patients’ Rights Day, EFA attended the conference on ‘Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system’ organised in the European Parliament by the Active Citizenshi ...

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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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AFPRAL co-signs open letter to French Minister of Health
EFA Member the Association Française pour la Prévention des Allergies (AFPRAL) has co-signed an open letter calling on the French Minister of Health to address the exclusion of young children with chr ...

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European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma launches a Blueprint
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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First guidance on new rules for certain medical devices by European Medical Agency
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a first set of guidelines to help prepare for obligations coming from the new EU legislation on medical devices. The guidelines, formatted as a questi ...

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EPF: EuropeforPatients campaign
The European Patients Forum (EPF), of which EFA is a long-standing member, has launched a campaign ahead of the EU elections called ‘europeforpatients’. EPF and their Members are calling on political  ...

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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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European Commission Manual for patients: Patients’ rights to accessing healthcare
The European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) has published a manual for patients regarding their rights to access healthcare in any EU/EEA country different from t ...

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European Food Safety Authority discusses civil society concerns
The use and presence of pesticides, and their classification as endocrine disruptors where among the top food-related health concerns that civil society representatives discussed with European Safety  ...

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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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EU digital prescriptions system kicks off in Finland and Estonia
We welcome the initiative giving patients the possibility to use digital prescriptions: prescriptions issued by a doctor at home can be issued when going to a pharmacist in another EU member state.  ...

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Environmental agency calls for action to protect Europeans from air pollution and noise
Better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action is necessary to tackle environmental justice issues. These are the results of a report issued by the European Environment  ...

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New EFA publication: the impact of Atopic Eczema on daily life
Atopic eczema is one of the most common non-communicable inflammatory diseases. Still, its impact on patients’ lives is often underestimated and ignored. In 2018, we studied the impact severe atopic e ...

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Many obstacles remain to the involvement of patients in the ongoing EU HTA environment
On January 16th, EFA attended the annual meeting of the Health Technology Assessment Network Stakeholder Pool, hosted by the European Commission. During the meeting, participants discussed about how t ...

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Health Topics to be addressed by the Romanian Presidency
In January, Romania took over the EU Council Presidency for the first time since the country joined the EU in 2007. Until June 2018, Romania will ensure the follow up on key policies, such as the HTAo ...

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EFA joins the leadership of PACT
PACT is an awarded innovative and inclusive ‘pact’ for fair access for patients, led by the EPF and the Bulgarian Patient Platform. Susanna joined the partners assembly in Brussels in December. The As ...

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Stakeholders efforts to put health in the EU elections debate
Following the #EU4Health campaign, led by EPHA and EPF, on November 29 th the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA) organised an EU Health Summit to discuss with health ...

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WHO first global air pollution conference
This October, the World Health Organisation held the first global air pollution conference. With 7 million people dying from air pollution each year, including 600 000 children, putting COPD, asthma a ...

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