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Press Release: European Parliament makes a positive move towards tackling air pollution
Brussels, 28 October 2015 The European Parliament today voted on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive, a piece of legislation which will set maximum binding air pollution levels within th ...

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Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air
With only two days to go until of the EP plenary vote on the EU’s air quality legislation, the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NEC), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) sent an open  ...

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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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Finding solutions to ease “may contain” labelling in foods
On the 23rd of September the EFA Food Allergy Working Group held a teleconference to discuss the unmet needs of people with food allergy. Members presented “may contain” best and worst practices in  ...

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Sharing best practice in patient education materials
Following its launch meeting in May 2015, EFA Patient Education Working Group held a teleconference on the 9th of September to discuss the group’s priorities for 2015 and 2016. All the participants  ...

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EFA gathering of asthma and allergy experts
On the 15th of September, EFA Members travelled to Brussels to participate in a face-to-face meeting of the EFA Asthma and Allergy Working Group. The meeting took place just before the EARIP event org ...

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Who is responsible for dirty air?
In September, the German car manufacturer Volkswagen was forced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recall almost 500,000 vehicles, after discovering that the company was using in-car i ...

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EMA updates on the publication of clinical data and risk minimisation measures
On return from the summer break we participated in the European Medicines Agency (EMA) joint meeting between Patients and Consumers (PCWP) and Healthcare Professional Organisations (HCPWP). At the m ...

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Social determinants at the root of health inequalities in Europe
Every three years the World Health Organisation (WHO) publishes a snapshot of the health situation in the European Region.  The document gives recommendations on how to progress towards health an ...

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Patients - Industry Dialogue
On the 22nd of September, the 10th Patients-MedTech Dialogue was held in Brussels.  The event was jointly organised by the European Patients' Forum (EPF) and MedTech Europe. Patients and ind ...

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From the EFA Board
Our newly elected Board had an important meeting in Brussels at the start of September. New treasurer Sharon Cosgrove has initiated a review of financial surveillance and forecasting and new reports ...

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EU pharmaceutical regulation celebrates 50 years
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first law on the authorisation of pharmaceuticals at EU level.  This law set the basis for some of the key principles that are still valid t ...

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EU pharmacovigilance is still too complex
The new pharmacovigilance legislation, which came into effect in July 2012, was the biggest change to the regulation of human medicines in the European Union since 1995. On the 15th Septembe ...

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Registration open: Precision medicine in allergy symposium at Parliament
On the 14th of October EFA President Christine Rolland will speak at the “European need for precision medicine in allergy and airways diseases” symposium. The event is jointly organised by the Europea ...

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Making the case of COPD patients needs at ERS
Are you attending the European Respiratory Society Congress 2015? Let’s meet up! This year we will be presenting our latest research on COPD care in Europe, that shows we are far from having harmonise ...

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WHO: The tobacco epidemic should be fought back with higher taxes
Tobacco-related illness is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Approximately 1 person dies from a tobacco-related disease every 6 seconds, equivalent to around 6 million ...

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European Forum Alpbach Summer School
From the 19th to the 27th of August, EFA Senior Advisor and Young Gasteiner Roberta Savli took part in the Summer School in European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition organised by the Medic ...

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Patients vision to prevent allergy at EAACI Congress
If healthcare professionals, patients, industry leaders and policy makers join forces to reduce the burden of allergy, allergy prevention can be achieved in the future. That is the vision we presented ...

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Bigger data for better health
On the occasion of the Day of Action on Data for Health and Science on 16 June 2015 in Brussels, BBMRI-ERIC -Biobanks and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure- hosted a seminar entitled ‘Dat ...

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Launch of Patient Empowerment campaign
On 20-21 May, EFA participated at the European Patients' Forum (EPF) Conference on Patient Empowerment. The conference served to gather all partners involved in healthcare and the involvement of patie ...

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