The aim of EAACI is to carry out its mission in the best way to a target audience representing the best of in the field of allergology through publications of highest scien-tific quality.

    photo1EAACI is the European scientific reference in the field of Allergology & Clinical Immunology for practitioners, researchers and patients. The goals of EAACI therefore need to include an ethical approach and references in Ethics.

    That is why EAACI created the Ethics Committee in 2004. The founder chairman Kristof Nekam led his team to write the first code of Ethics in 2006, which was published as a 
    position paper in 2011. Later, under the chairmanship of Ignacio Ansotegui, “Conflict of Interest” and “Conflict of Loyalty” have been at the centre of the discussion (2010).

    During the Geneva congress in 2012, Jacques Gayraud was asked to revive the Ethics Committee and to rewrite an updated Code of Ethics. In order to achieve this goal a new working team was built and includes nine members:

    Five who do not belong to the Academy, but are specialized in Ethics or participate in structures linked to medical ethics:
  • Andrea DORRIES, Germany, Ethicist
  • Béatrice ESPESSON, France, Lawyer
  • Tanja KRONES, Switzerland, Ethicist
  • Rouven PORZ, Switzerland, Philosopher
  • Otto SPRANGER, Austria, representative of Patient Associations

  • Four are EAACI members:
  • Jacques GAYRAUD, France, M.D. in Pneumo – Allergology
  • Gabrielle PAULI, France, M.D. in Pneumo – Allergology
  • Jose ROSADO PINTO, Portugal, M.D. in Allergology Paediatrics
  • Glenis SCADDING, the U.K., M.D. in ENT Allergology.

  • When the Code of Ethics (incl. annexes on Social Media use and Conflict of Interest) has been updated, reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee, it will be available to the EAACI members.

    The new Ethics Committee wants Ethics to be familiar to the European allergist practitioners and researchers. To grant this wish, the committee therefore wants to offer an ethical approach for EAACI activities such as:
  • Quiz on Ethics in the pool of questions for the EAACI-UEMS exam
  • Ethical reviewing of Position Papers and Guidelines before they are being published
  • Ethical criteria in the EAACI Fellowships selection process
  • Workshops on Ethics during Allergy Schools
  • And much more

  • Twice a year, in January and in June, the group has its business meetings and during EAACI annual congress, one session on Ethics is included in the scientific programme.

    We also want to go ahead and propose interactive headlines in the EAACI Newsletter and in the Ethics website corner: a kind of “Agony aunt” where members can express their difficulties, requiring ethical consideration and where they can get ethical advice and explanations.

    Those are our goals, now let’s go all in with Ethics.

    Jacques Gayraud
    Ethics Committee Chair.
Last updated 14 December 2015