Welcome to AOECS

The Association of European Coeliac Societies - also known as AOECS - is the umbrella organisation of European national coeliac societies with currently 35 enrolled Member societies across Europe. AOECS represents people who are affected by coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and seeks to collaborate with international coeliac organisations worldwide.

On 16 May 2016 we celebrated International Coeliac Day with many of our Member societies and international coeliac organisations worldwide organising a range of events. This year the focus is on missing diagnosis of coeliac disease. 

If you would like to have more information on diagnosis rates, please read our press release.

Throughout the month of May, our Member societies are holding seminars and information workshops all over Europe. These are aimed at raising awareness of coeliac disease and its symptoms amongst medical professionals and the general public in their countries. Many societies are also organising food fairs to give visitors the opportunity to sample and purchase a wide variety of gluten free products. 

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Since the introduction of our European licensing system in 2012, our Member societies are licensing the use of the trademark-protected Crossed Grain symbol across Europe. The highly recognisable symbol can now be found on the packaging of over 9,000 gluten free products with numbers increasing every month. 

What makes our new licensing scheme so attractive to gluten free producers is that with only one license they can export to all European countries in which AOECS Member societies are located. For a full list visit our Members page.

Read more on our gluten free certification scheme.

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A study carried out by Eeva Laine, Project Manager at the Finnish coeliac society Keliakiailiitto, focuses on the psycholgical effects of having coeliac disease within families and social circles.


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