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History

In 1988, national coeliac associations from Spain, United Kingdom, Italy and France came together in Barcelona to form the Association of European Coeliac Societies. The organisation has since grown significantly in size and influence and is now a recognised player in the international arena of coeliac disease.

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 Zeist, 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 election of Dan Kühnau (DE) as new Board member and Treasurer.

 

2012 General Assembly in Helsinki, Finland
Board: Christian Scerri (MT), Tunde Koltai (HU), Susan Phillips (IT), Sarah Sleet (UK), Dan Kühnau (DE)
Retirement of Board members Christian Scerri (MT) and Susan Phillips (IT), election of Nanna Puntila (FI) and Ivana Losa (IT) as new Board members and re-election of Sarah Sleet (UK).
New joining country: Latvia
Establishment of the Scientific Advisory List – a panel of medical experts on coeliac disease.
Launching of the AOECS European Licensing System

2013 – General Assembly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Board: Tunde Koltai (HU), Sarah Sleet (UK), Dan Kühnau (DE), Nanna Puntila (FI), Ivana Losa (IT)
Re-election of Tunde Koltai Board member.

2014 – General Assembly in Slovenia
Board: Tunde Koltai (HU), Sarah Sleet (UK), Dan Kühnau (DE), Nanna Puntila (FI), Ivana Losa (IT)
Re-election of Dan Kühnau as Board member and Treasurer

2015- General Assembly in Dublin, Ireland                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Board: Tunde Koltai (HU), Sarah Sleet (UK), Dan Kühnau (DE), Nanna Puntila (FI), Ivana Losa (IT)
Re-election of Sarah Sleet and Nanna Puntila. Election of Susanna Neuhold as new Board member.     

2016- General Assembly in Warsaw, Poland                                                                                                                                                                                                             Board: Tunde Koltai (HU), Sarah Sleet (UK), Dan Kühnau (DE), Nanna Puntila (FI), Susanna Neuhold (IT)
Election of Christian Scerri as Board member.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Number of products licensed under AOECS European Licensing System reach 12,000