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On 19 January 2006, EFA and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) submitted comments to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) draft “Guideline on conduct of pharmacovigilance for med…

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On Wednesday 22 February, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee is due to vote on the European Commission Proposal for the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and EFA has sent each…

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Thank you very much to those of you who responded to our Call for News this month and we are delighted to be including two articles in this month's bulletin about EFA members' activities. You can find …

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As from 1 January 2006, smoking is banned in all enclosed workplaces under the employer’s authority and to which workers have access (workplaces and social facilities). The smoking ban also applies in …

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The European Commission published its review of the Sustainable Development Strategy which was greeted with disappointment for its lack of ambition and targets by environmental and health groups. The …

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At the end of December the Austrian foreign minister Ursula Plassnik indicated that her country's incoming six-month EU presidency will not push for the adoption of the EU constitution, presenting a m…

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The implementation of the EU Action Plan on Environment and Health 2004-2010 is moving forward with the publication of six working papers by the Commission outlining options for next steps for comment …

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The European Patients’ Forum (EPF) has been invited to be a member of the Pharmaceutical Forum, launched by the European Commission (DG Enterprise and DG SANCO). The Pharmaceutical Forum is a response …

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EFA is participating in EuroPrevall (Prevalence, Cost and Basis of Food Allergy in Europe), that draws attention to the 11-26 million people in Europe suffering from food allergies. The ultimate goal …

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We would like to wish you all the very best for 2006. On 1 January 2006, you may be interested to know that the Austrian government took over the EU presidency for six months and you can read about th…

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A Dutch-based non-profit organization called 'Health Action International' (HAI) has produced a report in July 2005 entitled, 'Does the European patients' Forum represent patient or industry interests…

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Picture warnings will appear on all cigarette packs in Belgium by World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2007. This news was published in the Belgian Official Journal on 30 November. Belgium is the first Member …

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Stem cells are thought hold the potential for new therapies. A European conference is being held in Brussels focussing, for the first time, on what patient representatives think about stem cell resear…

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The European Environment Agency in Copenhagen have just released an enlightening  report on 'The European environment - State and outlook 2005' that provides a valuable overview of the state of the en…

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In their 9 December 2005 meeting, European Health Ministers reached political agreement on a draft European Parliament and Council Regulation on medicinal products for paediatric use. You may recall f…

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A public debate on the ‘EU Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution’ (See: October ezine) took place in the European Council under the UK Presidency on 2 December 2005. A directive on ambient air quality an…

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Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas season and a happy and healthy new year 2006 from myself and everyone in the EFA Board and Central Office in Brussels. I am delighted …

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UK Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt, speaking at the Tackling Health Inequalities - Governing for Health Summit in London on 17 October 2005, called for action by all EU Member States to…

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EFA members FARES and Prevention des Allergies (PA) re-launched their Brussels library on allergic diseases and tobacco control, which is open to the public

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On 29 March 2004, Ireland became the first country to ban smoking in indoor workplaces. The effectiveness of this major public health initiative on exposure and risk for bar workers in Galway city was …

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