Founded in 1988, the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) is the umbrella organisation of European national coeliac societies and represents people who are affected by the coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). An independent, non-profit organisation, AOECS currently has 38 enrolled member countries, representing members across Europe.
The Association is committed to its responsibilities to its wide-reaching membership and is actively involved in several international initiatives to raise awareness of coeliac disease and to promote research into the diagnosis and management of this illness.
According to its Statutes, the aims of AOECS are manifold:
- to represent its member associations at an international level, particularly with European and international institutions;
- to work for the best possible safety, availability and labelling of foods and products suitable for people intolerant to gluten;
- to foster multi-national research projects on coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring;
- to coordinate the exchange of information related to the coeliac condition, gluten intolerance, dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring and the suitable diet and work for the social welfare of all people affected by these conditions;
- to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills, particularly among new and developing national coeliac societies;
- to promote the social condition and work for the social welfare of the people affected by the coeliac condition, gluten intolerance and dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring.
AOECS General Assembly
Swedish Coeliac Society participate annually in the AOECS General Assembly and Conference. It belong to the most important events for European coeliac societies. In 2014 it was held in September in Slovenia,