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Please find below the latest news from our Members

EFA Statement of Condolence on the Death of Hubert Nettel, EFA Board Member and Treasurer
Sep 24, 2019 Brussels, Belgium (September 24, 2019) – Mikaela Odemyr, president of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) made the following statement r ...

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Danish politicians tested for allergies
In September, EFA member Asthma and Allergy Denmark has carried out a campaign specially focussed on the lack of specialists and asking for greater capacity in healthcare for the 1.5 million people wi ...

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Back to school – Being prepared with allergy
EFA member Allergy UK has collected a variety of resources for students, parents and carers to empower parents and children feeling safe in school despite having allergies, available here. The Schools ...

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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.
COPD: Substances at work have same effect as smoking
EFA member Long Fonds has published results of a research indicating that substances at work can cause COPD when being inhaled. The study carried out by Marike Boezen of UMC Groningen claims that “the ...

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Outdoor public places smoke-free in Sweden
The Swedish government banned smoking in outdoor public places from July 1st. The following places should now be smoke-free: entrances to public buildings, places waiting for public transport, outdoor ...

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Survey on the use of lay language summaries in paediatric clinical trials
The European Forum of Good Clinical Practices (EFGCP) in collaboration with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Association (EFPIA) are working together to understand what is the  ...

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EFA meets patient group in Georgia
During the last five years, the EFA Capacity Building project has provided our members with tools to fill gaps in recognition and funding, but also helped to strengthen our network of patient organisa ...

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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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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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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.    
FENAER launches its first Satellite Congress
EFA Spanish Member Federación Española de Asociaciones de pacientes alérgicos y con Enfermedades Respiratorias (FENAER) held its first online congress on the 8th of June. The Satellite event was addre ...

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New Allergy & Asthma Foundation campaign focuses on hay fever in Denmark
In Denmark, up to one million people live with pollen allergy. Despite most of them are experiencing symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and red eyes, unfortunately, many do not seek professional he ...

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French Eczema Association celebrates Eczema Day
On June 1st, EFA French Member, Association Française de l'Eczéma celebrated the national Eczema Day with a conference in Paris.
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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