News

Implementation of the EU Action Plan on Environment & Health

01 January 2006
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...

EU Commission invites group to join Pharmaceutical Forum

01 January 2006
The European Patients’ Forum (EPF) has been invited to be a member of the Pharmaceutical Forum, launched by the European Commission (DG Enterprise and...

Introducing EuroPrevall

01 January 2006
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...

Welcome to the January edition of the EFA online newsletter!

01 January 2006
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...

Report discredits groups due to pharmaceutical funding

01 December 2005
A Dutch-based non-profit organization called 'Health Action International' (HAI) has produced a report in July 2005 entitled, 'Does the European patients'...

Belgium implements picture warnings on cigarette packs

01 December 2005
Belgium
- Tobacco & Smoking
Picture warnings will appear on all cigarette packs in Belgium by World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2007. This news was published in the Belgian Official Journal...

Patient Conference on Stem Cells

01 December 2005
Stem cells are thought hold the potential for new therapies. A European conference is being held in Brussels focussing, for the first time, on what patient...

The State of the Environment in Europe: New EEA report

01 December 2005
The European Environment Agency in Copenhagen have just released an enlightening  report on 'The European environment - State and outlook 2005' that provides...

EU Council reaches agreement on EU Paediatric Regulations

01 December 2005
In their 9 December 2005 meeting, European Health Ministers reached political agreement on a draft European Parliament and Council Regulation on medicinal...

Debate on EU Air Pollution

01 December 2005
A public debate on the ‘EU Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution’ (See: October ezine) took place in the European Council under the UK Presidency on 2...

Welcome to the December edition of the EFA ezine

01 December 2005
Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas season and a happy and healthy new year 2006 from myself and everyone in the EFA Board...

EU action to tackle health inequalities

23 November 2005
UK Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt, speaking at the Tackling Health Inequalities - Governing for Health Summit in London on 17 October 2005,...

Renovated allergy and tobacco literature library re-opened

23 November 2005
Belgium
Allergy
- Tobacco & Smoking
EFA members FARES and Prevention des Allergies (PA) re-launched their Brussels library on allergic diseases and tobacco control, which is open to the public (For...

New reports on passive smoking

01 November 2005
On 29 March 2004, Ireland became the first country to ban smoking in indoor workplaces. The effectiveness of this major public health initiative on exposure...

New EU food labelling Directive enters into force at last!

01 November 2005
Food Allergy
- Food Safety
The new labelling rules for foodstuffs in the EU will enter into force 25 November 2005. Following a successful campaign by EFA and our members, the directive...

Conferences and events in 2006

01 November 2005
The International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO) is holding its 2nd Global Conference in Barcelona from 22-24 February 2006. The theme of the...

LHL General Assembly calls for less inequality & more health

01 November 2005
350 voting members of the EFA member Norwegian Heart and Lung Association (LHL) gathered for their 21st assembly 29-30 October in Oslo and adopted their...

Smoking ban in Spain

23 October 2005
Spain
- Tobacco & Smoking
As of 1st January 2006 a new law banning smoking at workplaces is due to come into force in Spain, which also regulates the sale, advertising and distribution...

New WHO report on chronic disease

01 October 2005
The World Health Organization has stated that in the WHO European region, chronic diseases, including respiratory diseases are projected to account for...

EU Health Policy Open Forum 2005

01 October 2005
The Health Policy Open Forum is due to take place on 7-8 November 2005. It is an annual conference and exhibition event, which aims to provide a platform...