Pact for Patient Safety


New fraternity launched for safer healthcare everywhere
Brussels, October 15, 2014: The Irish Patients Association today launched the Pact for Patient Safety at the European Parliament with the participation of the European Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Ombudsman.
Supported by more than 20 patient associations throughout Europe, and representing hundreds of thousands of patients, the Pact for Patient Safety establishes 10 key commitments for health authorities such as involving patients in patient safety programmes, publicising data on parameters of patient safety, providing full access to patient records, incentivising safety with healthcare managers and raising awareness at national level on indicators of patient safety. Patients and citizens everywhere now have the opportunity to individually sign the Pact and demand greater safety of care through its dedicated 
Member of the European Parliament Séan Kelly (EPP, Ireland) remarked that, “the Pact is a resource for patients and citizens 
throughout Europe and beyond to generate awareness of safety in healthcare institutions, as well as to support patients and 
patient representatives to drive accountability with policymakers on the 10 commitments of the Pact.” 
Stephen MacMahon, Director of the Irish Patients Association, and leader of the initiative, announced, “Given that 1 in 10 
patients are currently harmed while receiving care, it is time that patients’ demand for safer care is heard and they can do that by signing the Pact for Patient Safety. The Pact creates an opportunity for greater accountability, access, and patient safety in 
healthcare systems.”
The Pact for Patient Safety marks the beginning of a new movement by patients, and for patients, to facilitate commitment 
from health authorities and policymakers, healthcare professionals and healthcare providers, towards better protecting 
patients from unnecessary harm. 
For more information and to sign the Pact, please visit the website at:
For further inquiries:
Stephen MacMahon
Irish Patients Association
+353 876 594 183 
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Discovering the true impact of IBD


Results of the EFCCA led IMPACT survey have been published in the latest issue of the Journal Crohn´s and Colitis. In the article entitled "IBD and health-related quality of life- Discovering the true impact" some of the main findings from the IMPACT survey have been highlighted.  The results of this survey can be used in defining strategic priorities and planning projects and awareness raising activities. The unmet needs of IBD patients can be better demonstrated and communicated to the public, health service managers and politicians.


The Journal of Crohn's and Colitis is the official journal of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO), and is concerned with the dissemination of knowledge on clinical, basic science and innovative methods related to inflammatory bowel diseases. The journal publishes original articles, review papers, editorials, leading articles, view points, case reports, innovative methods and letters to the editor. 


The above mentioned article was written by Sanna Lönnfors in collaboration with Severine Vermeire, Marco Greco, Daan Hommes, Chayim Bell and Luisa Avedano.


Read more about IMPACT

EFCCA to co-chair Public Health Day on IBD at UEG Week

EFCCA is going to co-chair the Public Health Day on IBD to take place on 18 October 2014 in Austria on the occasion of UEG Week.


United European Gastroenterology (UEG) is organising this Public Health Day at UEG Week 2014 in collaboration with EFCCA, the Austrian Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis Association (OMCCV), Austrian Coeliac Society (OAZ), Association Of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) and IBS Support Group (ÖPRD).


Members of the public and UEG Week delegates are invited to attend this unique patient information event. Entrance is free of charge but registration is mandatory. This can be done in advance by email or on the day at the Public Health Day counter in the main entrance of the Austria Center.


This will be a unique opportunity for patients to hear directly from some of the world’s leading medical experts on the latest developments in Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Coeliac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There will also be an opportunity for  patients to talk with medical experts and other patients and to receive information from Austrian patient organisations and support networks.


To register for this event, please email the full names of all those attending to:


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Date: Saturday 18th October 2014


For more information about UEG Week please visit:

IMPACT survey

New IMPACT publication


On the occasion of World IBD Day, we are making available our latest publication of the IMPACT survey.


The survey was a joint project of EFCCA and its national member associations. It was launched in November 2010 and closed in August 2011. IMPACT II is now on-going in several other countries in and outside Europe.


The main aim of the survey was to obtain an international perspective of the impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on patients’ lives. 4,670 online responses that had been received by the close of the survey were included in the analysis. 


The survey has received wide recognition from the scientific community and its poster presentation at the ECCO Congress in 2012 was awarded a „poster of distinction ribbon”. It was also recently published in the Journal of Crohn ́s and Colitis.


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IMPACT survey




Damage and Disability


Diagnosis and health services




Daily Life 


Education and Career


Other surveys


EFCCA Recommendations


What is IBD?











The survey was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott.

Navigating with AMICI

AMICI, the Italian IBD association has just organized an original and fantastic summer camp under the title "navigating with AMICI".


A small group of youngsters with IBD were invited to spend one week on a sailing boat for a unique summer experience. Whilst learning about sailing and visiting interesting places of touristic interest along the Italian coast they most importantly had the chance to forget for a while  their worries and to be  in a supportive environment. The boat with the youngsters was accompanied by another boat with a crew made up by doctors and some of the organizer in case of emergency.


The initiative was supported by the regional authority of Tuscany and the provincial authority of Livorno and mayors welcomed the kids in the cities visited by the kids.


The trip has just completed with everyone safe and with very happy smiles on their faces. We cant wait to share the first impressions from our young ones. In the meantime we leave you with some photos taken during the trip..


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World IBD Day 2014

Running together to raise awareness on IBD


On 18 May 2014 the European Federation of Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA)  will participate in the Brussels half marathon to raise awareness about Crohn´s Disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD are two serious, chronic digestive diseases which which affect over 3 million people in Europe. IBD can be kept under control with medication, but despite extensive research there is currently no known cause or cure for IBD.


A small committed team of 15 runners representing 11 IBD patient associations from Belgium, Bulgaria,Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain will face the challenging run of 20 km through the city centre of Brussels which will start at 10 am on the 18 May. “We want to show the world that having a chronic disease does not mean you cannot participate in an active and fulfilling life “ says Martin Kojinkov, one of the EFCCA runners and member  of the EFCCA Executive Board.


With this event EFCCA wants to highlight the impact IBD is having on the quality of life of many people in Europe and worldwide. A survey EFCCA conducted in 16 European countries, illustrates the daily difficulties that people with IBD are facing not only as far as concerns their health but also their social, intimate and economic situations. New results from the IMPACT study will be presented during World IBD Day and will be available on the EFCCA website.


The event in Brussels forms part of other worldwide activities that are being undertaken by IBD sister associations from four continents to mark World IBD Day (official date on 19 May). 


EFCCA is pleased to inform you that Crohn’s and Colitis UK is organising an impressive awareness campaign taking in place in May, part of the WORLD IBD DAY set of events all over the world!

The UK's theme this year is IBD Sports and Fitness, using the public interest in the London Olympics to highlight how IBD affects fitness and participation in Sport.  Through a special website Crohn's and Colitis UK conducted a survey of nearly 1,000 members which found that about one third do not take part in any exercise or sporting activities and a quarter said their fitness was low. 80% had had to give up a sport at some time either temporarily or permanently. 

As part of the UK media campaign five sporting champions who have IBD have spoken about their life with Crohn’s or Colitis. You can see their stories on the campaign website at


EFCCA breaking news nr. 9/2011


We are delighted to announce that EFCCA moved into a brand new, independent and bigger office!

It is located in Rue des Chartreux 33-35 in Brussels, very close to the “old” one.

Read more: EFCCA breaking news nr. 9/2011