29 September 2021

On 15th September, the 71st World Health Organisation Regional Committee for Europe adopted a decision on engagement with non-State actors (NSA). We were pleased to see that the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Organisations (EFA), and other 19 European level civil society organisations, were regranted the official Non-State Actor status with WHO Europe, with the right to attend meetings of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.

This recognition is an honour for EFA as it brings the patients’ voice closer to the multilateral organisation. The WHO Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) serves to recognise the essential role of non-profit organisations to advance and promote public health at global, regional, national and community levels.

The 19 renewed, and 6 newly accredited organisations, issued a joint statement stressing the role of civil society as an effective partner that shares best practices, knowledge exchange, and builds bridges across communities.

EFA has been an official NSA to WHO Europe since 2018, participating in the governance processes of WHO Europe and invited to bring the voice of allergy and airways diseases patients to numerous high level discussions and consultations, including:

Read the full WHO Regional Committee for Europe decision here.