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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...

Health Topics to be addressed by the Romanian Presidency

15 January 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Allergy, Food Allergy, Other Diseases
In January, Romania took over the EU Council Presidency for the first time since the country joined the EU in 2007. Until June 2018, Romania will ensure...

EU discussions on the Air Quality Directives shift towards the toll pollution has on our health

15 January 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Allergy
- Air Quality
EFA participated in the 2nd Stakeholder Workshop organised by the European Commission on January 15 in the context of the ongoing Fitness Check of...

Many obstacles remain to the involvement of patients in the ongoing EU HTA environment

15 January 2019
EU
Asthma , COPD, Other Diseases
- Healthcare, - Medicines
On January 16th, EFA attended the annual meeting of the Health Technology Assessment Network Stakeholder Pool, hosted by the European Commission. During...

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