History

History of the Association of European Coeliac Societies

1988    Barcelona

First contact between founder associations, chaired by MatildeTorralba
Participants: France, Italy, Spain (SMAP, ACE), UK
Dec    Rome: first meeting of the 'Steering Committee, chaired by Adriano Pucci
Formal foundation of AOECS
New joining countries: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland

1989    General Assembly in Woudschoten, Netherlands
First Board members are elected:
Cyp Wagenaar (NL) Chris Marsh (UK) Adriano Zagato (IT)
New joining countries: Finland, Poland, Sweden
First petition to the European Commission – which was not accepted

1990    General Assembly in Oxford, UK
Board: Cyp Wagenaar (NL), Chris Marsh (UK) Carl Chr. Brandt-Pedersen (DK)
The First International Conference of Coeliac Societies and Associations
New joining countries: Ireland, Malta, Yugoslavia

1991    General Assembly in Warszawa, Poland
Board: Freddy Vander Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Carl Chr. Brandt-Pedersen (DK)
New joining country: Czech-Slovakia
AOECS receives observer status in the Codex-Alimentarius Commission of World Health Organisation

1992    General Assembly in Oslo, Norway
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE),Hertha Deutsch (AT), Chrisser Brandt-Pedersen (DK)
New joining countries: Greece, Hungary
Stop of gluten-coating of fruits and vegetables

1993    General Assembly in Tübingen, German
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Chrisser Brandt-Pedersen (DK)
New joining country: Romania

1994    General Assembly in Budapest, Hungary
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Chrisser Brand-Pedersen (DK)
New joining countries: Lithuania, Slovenia
First AOECS Newsletter issued

1995    General Assembly in Karrebaeksminde, Denmark
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE),Hertha Deutsch (AT), Chrisser Brand-Pedersen (DK) 
EU Parliament voted for the declaration of wheat starch

1996    General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Gerard Beerling (NL)
International meeting – ‘Spanish-speaking countries’
Codex CCNFSDU: Gluten threshold  - 20 ppm for GF by nature and 200 ppm for rendered GF products

1997    General Assembly in Paris, France
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Gerard Beerling (NL)
Stop the ‘cheese coating’ project

1998    General Assembly in Tampere, Finland
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Gerard Beerling (NL)  
Scientific conference – parallel with AOECS GA
Gluten remains on the list of hypersensitivity
Cheese coating will not be used

1999    General Assembly in Florence, Italy
Board: Freddy Van der Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Bjorn Johansson (SE)
New joining country: Latvia
The 1st International Summer Camp in Hungary
Big success: gluten declaration on labels is obliged

2000    General Assembly in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands
Board: Freddy Vander Linden (BE), Hertha Deutsch (AT), Bjorn Johansson (SE)
Common meeting with the memebers of the Coeliac Society of Netherlands
Start of EU Cluster Project

2001    General Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden
Board: Maria Heigl (NL), Karsten Kronholm (NO), Bjorn Johansson (SE)
New joining countries: Luxembourg, St.Petersburg
Youth group’s activity intensively started: youth board

2002    General Assembly in St Julian’s, Malta
Board: Andrew Ladds (GB), Karsten Kronholm (NO), Bjorn Johansson (SE)
Participants: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta,  Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK  

2003    General Assembly in Budapest, Hungary
Board: Andrew Ladds (GB), Karsten Kronholm (NO), Christian Scerri (MT)
New joining country: Turkey
EU-directive 2003/89/EC: cereals containing gluten ….remained the first group of food allergen list

2004    General Assembly in Lucerne, Switzerland
Board: Andrew Ladds (GB)*, Nanna Vuolteenaho (FI), Christian Scerri (MT) *during the year Andrew left Coeliac UK and Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU) was co-opted
R5 method to detect gluten in foods was temporarily endorsed as a Type I method
Adoption of the BMF (Basic Membership Fee) system for membership fees and voting rights

2005    General Assembly in Edinburgh, UK
Board: Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU), Nanna Vuolteenaho (FI), Christian Scerri (MT)
New joining country: Portugal
Decision about organisation of the 1st ICD in 2006
The EU-directive entered into force in all EU-states on 25 November 2005

2006    General Assembly in Stuttgart, Germany
Board: Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU), Nanna Vuolteenaho (FI), Christian Scerri (MT)
New countries: Greece, Estonia, Turkey Spain/FACE (rejoin)
Improvements in  Codex Standard: 200 ppm was replaced by 100 ppm

2007    General Assembly in Maribor, Slovenia
Board: Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU), Tunde Koltai (HU), Christian Scerri (MT)
New joining countries: Poland, Czech Republic (2) Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
International scientific conference on Coeliac Disease – parallel with AOECS GA


2008    General Assembly in Genoa, Italy
Board: Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU), Tunde Koltai (HU), Christian Scerri (MT)
Codex Commission adopted the Codex Standard for Foods for Special Dietary Uses for Persons Intolerant to Gluten after a 17 years discussion in the CCNFSDU
AOECS is awarded participation in EU-funded projects CD-Medics and PreventCD

2009    General Assembly in St Julian’s, Malta
Board: Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU), Tunde Koltai (HU), Christian Scerri (MT)
Statutes amended to increase of Board representation from three to five members:
Susan Phillips and Sarah Sleet voted to the Board as additional members
Creation of Working Groups: Youth, Research, Helping Coeliacs, and Statutes

2010    General Assembly in Valencia, Spain
Board: Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU), Tunde Koltai (HU), Christian Scerri (MT), Susan Phillips (IT), Sarah Sleet (UK)
New joining countries: Greece (2nd society) and Cyprus. Bulgaria and Ukraine are offered ‘candidate status’ for no fee (i.e. full participation in the AOECS’ activities but no voting rights)

2011    General Assembly in St Julian’s, Malta
Board: Christian Scerri (MT), Tunde Koltai (HU), Susan Phillips (IT), Sarah Sleet (UK), Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU)
Retirement of Board member and Treasurer Jean-Louis Kieffer (LU) and nomination of Dan Kühnau (DE) as new Board member and Treasurer.