Patients, their needs and rights are at the heart of everything we do.
Our vision is for all people with allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Europe to live uncompromised lives, have the right and access to best quality care, participate in their care and to have a safe environment.
Our mission is to be the voice of allergy, asthma and COPD patients at European level and to be actively involved in the decisions impacting their health by:
1. Advocating at EU level for the needs of people with allergy, asthma and COPD
2. Enabling a powerful European network of patients’ organisations
3. Valuing all members equally
4. Sharing knowledge and implementing best practices
5. Creating patient driven projects
6. Cooperating with health care professionals, scientists and other stakeholders/NGOs
In May 2016, we launched a new EFA logo, replacing the comet with the EU stars. The new logo is a colorful butterfly / flower that connects the air we breathe with the food we eat.
We have been inspired by butterflies because they are amongst the most vulnerable beings on earth, but when empowered flying free. Allergy, asthma and COPD patients experience the fragility imposed these chronic diseases and need long-term care and treatment. As butterflies, they can live free and independent when empowered by their environment. For us, this new logo represents freedom and hope to live uncompromised lives, EFA’s vision.
Our Code of Ethics and Conduct
EFA has a Code of Ethics and Conduct and internal rules with the following principles:
Accountability and Democracy
Both EFA and its members are governed democratically and in the interest of patients we represent. Members sign up to and accept EFA’s vision and mission when they join. The highest governing body of EFA is its General Assembly, composed of members. EFA members have an equal status amongst their peers, while the EFA board, elected by members, steers the EFA secretariat who facilitates and organises EFA activities. EFA publishes annually an Activity Report.
EFA members are all legally registered within their country of origin as a non-profit or charity organisation and have statues or a constitution which enables the democracy of the organisations. EFA is registered as a charity in Sweden (no. 8024024526) and employer in Belgium (BE0851183611). EFA has both internal rules for its functioning and founding statutes.
Every year EFA discloses publicly all its funding as it seeks voluntary and ethically sustainable financial support from outside the organisation. EFA ensures that all forms of funding are open and transparent, ensuring accountability to its sponsors and partners. No funding arrangement is permitted to interfere with the priorities and running of the organisation, its activities or views. As a result, EFA retains a sustainable partnership with industry to ensure its integrity when receiving funding from corporate sources. All of the organisation’s activities are reflected in EFA Annual Reports, which are all available here. EFA is signed up to the EU Transparency register (no. 28473847513-94).