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European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations (EFA)

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Field of activity and scope

Serves the interest of patients, which means on individual level, helping them with products and services that are directed to a specific patient group, such as information, education, peer contact and financial support. On collective level, interest serving is directed to influencing the policy of professionals, organisations and institutions in such a way that they contribute better to the mission of the interest group. In the field of allergy, asthma and COPD, the policies on care, work, air quality, food safety, tobacco control, consumer products and research in these domains are all important.

Most of the European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

- Information, education, peer contact and financial support
- Influencing policymaking
- Supporting the creation of a European network of strong and professional national organisations
- Empowering member organisations to ensure patients’ interests are served in a comparable way across Europe.


Involvement in the Children’s Environment and and Health process

Clean outdoor and indoor air, RPG III (Asthma and COPD) Chemical safety, RPG IV (Allergy) Youth participation (young patients’ participation)

EFA was at the Budapest meeting in June 2004,where it...

The vast majority of the activities that are being held by EFA are related to children’s health and environment since asthma and allergy are two issues that strongly concern children and their air environment. It also promotes participation and especially youth participation among patients. EFA is active in this field by:

- Influencing the European Union’s policymaking in order to promote: healthy indoor and outdoor air in Europe; improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare for asthma, allergy and COPD; patients’ participation; appropriate funding on research on allergies, asthma and COPD.
- Being part of numerous projects related to air pollution and health (AIRNET); allergy and asthma (GA2LEN); healthy air in dwellings (THADE); air pollution and children’s health and environment (PINCHE)


Consultations with governments


Publications related to children’s health

- Adverse Reactions to Food (Leaflet)

- Indoor Air Pollution in Schools, 2001

- Asthma and Allergy Patients: Quality of Life. 5th EFA Conference - 4-6 May 2000, Interlaken, Switzerland (Abstract book)

- Building Bridges Between Techniques and Consumers. EFA Workshop - Healthy Buildings 2000 August 8, 2000 - Espoo, Finland (Abstract leaflet)

- Patients’ Views and Values. Joint EFA and EAACI Round table - 4 July 2000, Lisbon, Portugal (Abstract Book)

- Respiratory Allergies: a problem affecting 80 million people in Europe. 2001 (Leaflet)

- Asthma Allergy PREVENTION: First Priority for Patients. 6th EFA Conference 7-9 June 2001, Stockholm, Sweden, (Abstract Book)

- The Right to Breathe Healthy Indoor Air in Schools. 2001, (Leaflet)

- Food Allergies - The European Concern. 7th EFA Conference 9-12 May 2002, Visegrad, Hungary, (Abstract Book)

- Asthma, Allergy and Young People: Quality of Life and Sports. EFA-EAACI Workshop 4 June 2002, Naples, Italy, (Abstract Book)

- The Severity of Allergies, Asthma and COPD - the Patient’s Perspective. 9th EFA Conference 24-27 June 2004, Oslo, Norway. (Abstract Book)

- The Allergic Patient in Europe. Joint EFA-EAACI Symposium 16 June 2004, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Abstract Leaflet)



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