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There are 5.2 million people with asthma in the UK alone. This means that one in five households has a person with asthma. On 6 March, Asthma UK launches its first ever television advertising campaign…

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Spring is almost here and with the EFA AGM and Conference in Prague in May 2006 fast approaching we have sent members information for the EFA Board nominations, due by 20 March and reminders to renew …

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8 February 2006 marked the publication of the London Declaration from Patients for Patient Safety following the WHO’s first Patients for Patient Safety workshop last year, which we mentioned to you in…

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The European Commission has published the results of a post-test exercise on their anti-smoking HELP campaign being run across Europe. The results, which cover general ‘liking’ of the campaign, its un…

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On 15 February 2005, UK MPs voted in favour of comprehensive smokefree legislation covering all workplaces, including restaurants and pubs selling food. These will have to have a ban in place by summe…

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On 14 February the European Commission launched the Call for Proposals 2006 to implement the prioritiy actions defined in the Work Plan 2006 of the Public Health Programme (2003-2008). In addition to …

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Almost every other Finn is suffering from allergic symptoms in some stage of her/his life and EFA Member, the Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation is holding a national information and event campaign …

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The Pulmonary and Allergy Patients Association of Slovenia have published the first allergy cookbook in the style of the Belgian ‘Fondation pour la Prevention des Allergies’ (FPA)’s…

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EFA was invited to a Policy roundtable discussion on 24 January in the European Parliament. The roundtable was organised in conjunction with IPCRG. EFA is an associate member of the IPCRG which is an…

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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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