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EFA at first ever online congress of allergic and respiratory patients in Spain
The Spanish Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (FENAER) inaugurated on the 8th of July in Madrid, Spain, the first Online Congress of Allergic and Respiratory Patients.  ...

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Easing the economic burden of asthma
EFA Member, Asthma Society of Ireland, has published a new research confirming the enormity of the asthma burden and showing up-to-date figures on the number of people affected by asthma in Ireland. R ...

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SAVE THE DATE: World Atopic Eczema Day 14th September
On September 14th, EFA together with Global Skin we are marking the 2nd World Atopic Eczema Day with the theme BENEATH THE SURFACE to raise awareness and understanding of this allergic skin disease. A ...

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Allergy included for the first time in the International Classification of Diseases
The 72nd WHO World Health Assembly (WHA) held in Geneva late May adopted a revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) that includes for the first time in history allergy as a disea ...

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World No Tobacco Day and new respiratory patients data
On May 31st we celebrated Word No Tobacco Day with a focus on “tobacco and lung health”. At EFA we emphasised the negative effects of tobacco and smoking disseminating new data from asthma and COPD pa ...

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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 EFSA consultation on the appropriate age for food diversification on babies
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched in April a public consultation on the appropriate age for the introduction of complementary feeding into an infants’ diet. EFA welcomed the initiativ ...

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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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Push for an EU strategic framework to prevent non-communicable diseases
The European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the Non-communicable Disease Alliance (NCD) have   developed the paper “Towards an EU-Strategic F ...

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New EU rules on tobacco distribution
The European Commission Directorate General on Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow) has introduced a draft act amending the Act of 24 January 1977 on the ‘protection of  ...

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Evaluation of the EU Environmental Action Programme: indoor and outdoor air quality failing
On May 15, the European Commission released its evaluation of the 7th Environmental Action Programme (EAP), which entered into force in 2014 and runs until 2020. This programme is crucial for the heal ...

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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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EFA at the EU Green Week 2019
The implementation of environmental legislation was also the main topic of this year’s EU Green Week, which took place in several cities across Europe between 13 and 17 May. EFA participated in three  ...

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Finnish EU Presidency Programme: Health insights
From 1st of July onwards, Finland will lead the European Council’s work for six months. The Scandinavian country plans to focus on the Economy of Wellbeing – an umbrella topic that encompasses policie ...

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All together to #BeatAirPollution on World Environment Day
On June 5th, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organised the World Environment Day. Established already in the early 1970s, the action day has become a global action opportunity, with mo ...

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EFA atopic eczema scientific publications
Our study ITCHING FOR LIFE – Quality of Life and costs for people with severe atopic eczema in Europe continues to be to date the largest survey conducted in Europe on quality of life, with 1,189 seve ...

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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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FFAAIR celebrates its Annual Congress
In May 2019, EFA Member Fédération Française des Associations et Amicales de malades insuffisants ou handicapés Respiratoires (FFAIR) held its Annual Congress in Bayonne, France. During the congress,  ...

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Swedish Heart & Lung Association Congress
By the end of May, EFA member Riksförbundet HjärtLung held its annual congress. Congratulations to President Inger Ros for her re-election!
aha! Swiss Allergy Center: Annual Report 2018
EFA Member, aha! Swiss Allergy Center has published its annual report 2018. The digital version can be found here.