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EFA at EFPIA Annual Conference
EFA Director Susanna Palkonen attended the annual networking event of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA). The event was hosted by the Finnish EU Presidency. Ec ...

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Medicines for rare diseases and children conference
On June 17th, the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) organised a conference on medicines for rare diseases and children. About 150 experts were present from  ...

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EFA in the EU Chemicals Policy 2030 conference
EFA was present in the conference on EU chemicals policy 2030, organised by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Brussels on 27-28 June. On the 1st day, EFA joined the session on ‘Improving the reg ...

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EPSCO Council adopts tougher rules for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
On 13th June, the Council adopted stricter rules on the so-called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), a list of chemical substances which are dangerous for both the human health and the environment. ...

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United Nations: Tobacco Control as Human Rights and Ministerial meeting on sustainable development
In light of the 41st session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council which took place from June 14th to July 12th in Geneva, Switzerland, the Secretariat of the World Health Organisation (WHO) ...

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MyAirCoach presented at key medicines conference
On Friday 14th June, EFA was invited to speak at the Annual Medicines Europe and International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association Conference in Warsaw, Poland. The conference focussed on ‘ho ...

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EFA meets patient group in Georgia
During the last five years, the EFA Capacity Building project has provided our members with tools to fill gaps in recognition and funding, but also helped to strengthen our network of patient organisa ...

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First electronic health records of patients exchanged between EU countries
From late June, first health records of patients are exchanged in the EU thanks to the cross-border electronic health services. As of now, doctors in Luxembourg will be able to receive digital patient ...

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Catering staff knows too little about food allergies
A new study on restaurant staff reveals low levels of food allergy knowledge and negative attitudes about serving people with food allergies. The study carried out in Germany conducted structured face ...

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Being prepared for holidays and festivals with allergy, asthma and eczema
Summer is for holidays. To make them as relaxing as possible, EFA members Allergy UK and Asthma-Allergy Denmark have collected tips on how to prepare for holidays and travelling with allergies, asthma ...

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EFA at first ever online congress of allergic and respiratory patients in Spain
The Spanish Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (FENAER) inaugurated on the 8th of July in Madrid, Spain, the first Online Congress of Allergic and Respiratory Patients.  ...

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Easing the economic burden of asthma
EFA Member, Asthma Society of Ireland, has published a new research confirming the enormity of the asthma burden and showing up-to-date figures on the number of people affected by asthma in Ireland. R ...

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SAVE THE DATE: World Atopic Eczema Day 14th September
On September 14th, EFA together with Global Skin we are marking the 2nd World Atopic Eczema Day with the theme BENEATH THE SURFACE to raise awareness and understanding of this allergic skin disease. A ...

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Allergy included for the first time in the International Classification of Diseases
The 72nd WHO World Health Assembly (WHA) held in Geneva late May adopted a revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) that includes for the first time in history allergy as a disea ...

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We spoke about adrenaline auto-injectors at the 2019 EAACI 2019 Congress
EFA participated in the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress, celebrated in Lisbon from 1st to 5th June. The Congress is the biggest world allergy forum in the world, a ...

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EFA response to EFSA consultation on the appropriate age for food diversification on babies
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched in April a public consultation on the appropriate age for the introduction of complementary feeding into an infants’ diet. EFA welcomed the initiativ ...

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EFA response to EMA consultation on information on lactose
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation that discussed the ‘Information for the package leaflet regarding lactose used as an excipient in medicinal products for human use’.  ...

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Push for an EU strategic framework to prevent non-communicable diseases
The European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the Non-communicable Disease Alliance (NCD) have   developed the paper “Towards an EU-Strategic F ...

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New EU rules on tobacco distribution
The European Commission Directorate General on Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow) has introduced a draft act amending the Act of 24 January 1977 on the ‘protection of  ...

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Evaluation of the EU Environmental Action Programme: indoor and outdoor air quality failing
On May 15, the European Commission released its evaluation of the 7th Environmental Action Programme (EAP), which entered into force in 2014 and runs until 2020. This programme is crucial for the heal ...

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