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European Parliament supports the adoption of an Indoor Air Quality Performance Certificate

27 March 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Allergy
- Air Quality, - Healthcare
On March 13th, the European Parliament plenary adopted the motion for a resolution ‘Clean Air for All: A Europe that Protects’, an initiative put forward...

EFA patient leaders make our Annual General Meeting 2019 in Brussels a success

27 March 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Allergy
On March 19th and 20th EFA celebrated the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Members in Brussels, Belgium and launched the EFA annual report 2018, Shedding...

Allergy and respiratory patients present a European campaign calling for action for better care and prevention

27 March 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Allergy
On March 20th, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma organised the last policy meeting of the current mandate, aimed at renewing...

Our takeaways from the ERS Satellite on COPD

27 March 2019
EU
COPD
- Medicines
FA took part in the last Satellite Precision Medicine training, organised by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) to deliver free cutting-edge education...

European Food Safety Authority discusses civil society concerns

18 February 2019
EU, Estonia, Finland
Asthma , COPD, Allergy, Food Allergy, Other Diseases
- Medicines
The use and presence of pesticides, and their classification as endocrine disruptors where among the top food-related health concerns that civil society...

EFA calls for a European Air Quality strategy at the European Health Parliament

18 February 2019
EU
Other Diseases
- Air Quality, - Chemicals, - Healthcare, - Medicines
EFA was invited to bring the perspective of allergy and airways diseases patients to a debate on environment and human health at the 3rd Plenary of the...

EU digital prescriptions system kicks off in Finland and Estonia

18 February 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Allergy, Other Diseases
- Healthcare, - Medicines
We welcome the initiative giving patients the possibility to use digital prescriptions: prescriptions issued by a doctor at home can be issued when going...

Exposure to 25 carcinogens and mutagens will be reduced in the workplace

18 February 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD
The third round of amendments on the Directive on Carcinogens and Mutagens at Work came to a close late January. The legislation seeks to impose obligatory...

European Medicines Agency reloactes to Amsterdam in March

18 February 2019
EU
The European Medicines Agency relocates to Amsterdam. The process will be completed by mid-March 2019. According to an EMA press release, the Dutch authorities...

Environmental agency calls for action to protect Europeans from air pollution and noise

18 February 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Other Diseases
- Air Quality, - Healthcare, - Medicines
Better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action is necessary to tackle environmental justice issues. These are the results...

COP24 reports how much climate change and fossil fuels harm our respiratory health

18 February 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD
- Air Quality
The World Health Organisation (WHO) COP24 special report on health and climate change shows that climate change undermines people’s access to clean air,...

New EFA publication: the impact of Atopic Eczema on daily life

18 February 2019
EU
Other Diseases
- Healthcare
Atopic eczema is one of the most common non-communicable inflammatory diseases. Still, its impact on patients’ lives is often underestimated and ignored....

Quaterly Summary from EFA Working Groups

18 February 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Allergy, Food Allergy
- Healthcare, - Medicines
In December 2018 and January 2019 we organised follow-up calls with EFA Working Groups to discuss hot topics and share national experiences important for...

Asthma Society of Ireland launches social media campaigns on asthma and winter

18 February 2019
Ireland
Asthma
- Air Quality, - Healthcare
EFA Member the Asthma Society Ireland has had a quite busy start into 2019. In January, they were running two campaigns simultaneously, Operation Asthma...

Severely, ASTHMA!

20 February 2019
#SevereAsthma  While around 30 million Europeans live with asthma, up to 10% suffer of a severe form. The health community is analysing why this...

EFA trains allergy and airways diseases patient leaders at Meet and Greet the EU

12 February 2019
Europe
- Air Quality, - Chemicals, - Healthcare
The upcoming EU elections provide great opportunities to strengthen the voice of people living with allergies and airways diseases across Europe. Hence,...

Sweden moves to ban on smoking in public spaces

15 January 2019
Sweden
- Tobacco & Smoking
The Swedish government is expected to put a formal proposal to the parliament in February, providing for a general smoking ban in public spaces such as...

Smart inhalers as watershed for millions with asthma in UK

15 January 2019
United Kingdom
Asthma
A new plan of the UK National Health Service brings good news for millions living with asthma. “It is hugely possible that the NHS is committing to reduce...

EFA 2018 Capacity Building Webinars

15 January 2019
EU
- Healthcare
In 2018 we provided our membership with a novelty in our Capacity Building program, a series of webinars in English where they could develop their knowledge. Starting...

The Council of the European Union adopts recommendations on vaccination

15 January 2019
EU
- Healthcare
The absence of vaccination has the potential to significantly increase the possibility of virus-transmitted diseases such as pneumonia and influenza, which...

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