Allergy Standards (ASL) has been selected to present at this year European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress in Munich, from 26-30 May 2018. ASL Senior Project Manager, Jennifer Whelan, and ASL Senior Scientific Officer, Joey DeCourcey, will both attend the conference and present on “Ten years of the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program”.
What is the EAACI Congress?
The EAACI Congress is Europe’s largest medical gathering in the field of allergy and clinical immunology. With healthcare professional and key opinion leaders joining from around the world, this meeting offers an excellent platform for knowledge exchange, learning and networking.
A range of conferences and workshops will enable discussion and exchange on the different issues related to asthma, allergy, dermatology and immunology.
Why is it relevant for ASL to be presenting at the Congress?
As a standards body in the field of asthma and allergy, ASL attends many of the most important asthma and allergy conferences – such as EAACI in Europe, and the annual meetings of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in the USA.
Our Certification Program helps to identify products which can have a genuine impact on the indoor environment. As part of our mission to empower consumers to make an informed purchase decision when choosing allergen-avoidance products, we undertake public surveys every year on rates of asthma and allergies, attitudes to indoor air quality, and actions to improve it. At EAACI we will be sharing some of the insights we have gathered in these surveys.
What is ASL poster about?
There is broad public interest in indoor air quality. Only 12% of the respondents in our 2017 survey (which surveyed over 2,000 people) reported doing nothing to improve the indoor air quality in their home. There was a significant association between those who were concerned about indoor air quality in the household, and the presence of asthma and/or nasal allergies in the household.
Our research shows that households are making an effort to improve the indoor environment using interventions such as air cleaners, vacuum cleaners, allergen-barrier bedding, humidifiers, etc. Households where at least one person has asthma or nasal allergies are using significantly more of these interventions.
It is our view that this leaves people vulnerable to vague marketing claims on products, such as the use of the term ‘hypoallergenic’. Our Certification Program ensures that any products which bear the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark have been tested against our rigorous standards, and this can help families to identify products which will have a genuine impact on their indoor environment.
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