Putting you at the centre of all decisions affecting your health
30% of the European population lives with allergies, asthma and COPD
Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases

EFA’s primary aim is to make the voice of allergy, asthma and COPD patients heard in Europe.

Allergic and respiratory diseases are still complex conditions for healthcare professionals: no cure has been found yet, and the mechanisms triggering those diseases are not fully understood. At EFA we believe synergies between patients and researchers are key to succeed understanding, treating and preventing these diseases in a more effective way.

Responding to patient needs through our own projects

There are still important areas affecting patients that have not yet been addressed by the European research agenda. At EFA we allocate our resources in order to build patient-led projects that help us move towards achieving EFA’s mission and vision.

These projects run in parallel to our work with policy development at European level and feed our policy priorites with new data. Our projects address a wide scope of patient needs like the harmonization of care for COPD patients, the tools needed to improve asthma control for adolescents or the need to raise awareness about allergy to increase the number of allergologist. 

We unstintingly involve EFA’s member associations at national level in our project activities. The outcomes of our projects are always embedded in our advocacy as they bring patient evidence to support our cause. In most of the cases they go through an implementation face on the ground or a collection of best practices and information from our members.

For more information on our own projects, please contact EFA Project and Corporate Relations Manager Antje Fink-Wagner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Representing patients in EU funded projects

For the past 20 years EFA has advocated for the inclusion of the patient perspective in projects funded by the European Institutions and for ensuring patient needs and expectations are the target for research. At EU level, we partner in several innovative research projects like AirPROM, U-BIOPRED, MeDALL, EARIP and MyAirCoach where we ensure that real life considerations impacting patients are taken into account. We also collaborate with numerous health-related projects where patient views are crucial for the outcomes. In this sense, we are advisors in ATOPICA, eTRICKS and SINPHONIE amongst others.

At the moment, allergy, asthma and COPD patients can have their say and guide research outcomes on several EU funded projects. At EFA, we believe that close collaboration between patients, healthcare professionals and researchers that work to find solutions for patients is essential to producing meaningful research outcomes. Patients’ involvement throughout the whole research cycle, from the setting of the research agenda to the final use and evaluation of the findings does add value and ensure impactful results.

For more information on our role on EU Funded Projects, please contact EFA Projects Manager Giuseppe de Carlo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Airprom   U Biopred  MeDall EARIP   MyAirCoach  

Our projects

Allergy often starts in childhood. MeDALL (Mechanisms of the Development of ALLergy)aims at improving the health of European citizens by investigating the mechanisms causing allergy. The project speci ...

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Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in Europe, but if affects each patient differently. MyAirCoach project seeks to merge mobile health potential to improve the quality and efficiency of ...

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COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a preventable and treatable disease that causes inflammation of the lungs, damages the lung tissue and narrows the airways provoking a significant burde ...

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People with severe asthma are difficult to treat. U-BIOPRED addresses knowledge gaps for severe asthma and seeks to identify new treatments along with best ways to make such treatments available to th ...

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Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood although symptoms and disease can cease before adulthood with adequate treatment. Research has shown that children between the ages of 7 to 9 are ...

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Allergology is not recognised as a medical specialisation in most European countries. Respiratory allergies are often treated at primary care services. However, primary care physicians usually have li ...

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Europe is one of the most affected regions by asthma prevalence in adults. The European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership (EARIP) aims to reduce asthma attacks, emergency healthcare use, asth ...

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Our lungs may look similar, but they are not exactly the same. They differ on shape, capacity and properties just like our eyes do not have the same colour. To help understand more about the functioni ...

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EFA is formed by 38 national patient associations around Europe that differ on disease focus, capacity and resources. Through capacity building, EFA aims at enabling its members to achieve meaningful  ...

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Background The EFA Oxygen Harmonization Project was a project officially completed in 2013 and focused on the inequalities which exist in relation to the availability of oxygen during travel on comm ...

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EFA is the partner representing patients in a new two and a half year project funded by the EU Public Health Programme: Health based ventilation guidelines for Europe. The guidelines, which will be pr ...

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The PreDicta Project, a collaborative EC-funded project in which EFA will act as a communication partner, has been launched. The first meeting was held in Athens in October 2010. According to the pr ...

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The results of THADE (Towards Healthy Air in Dwellings in Europe) project results have now been published in Allergy - a peer reviewed journal. The project results underline the serious environment  ...

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In 2005 EFA completed its project on “Learning to Live with Asthma” aimed at answering important questions for asthma patients about coping with asthma-related problems. The main questio ...

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