Welcome to AOECS

Uniting and empowering coeliac societies in Europe and beyond.

We are the umbrella organisation of European national coeliac societies, representing our 37 enrolled Member societies and supporting over 300,000 people affected by coeliac disease.

Our members

How AOECS helps.



We strive for the best possible safety, availability and consistent labelling of foods and products suitable for people intolerant to gluten.



We represent our members at an international level, particularly with respect to European legislation, policy development and fostering multi-national research projects.

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We coordinate the exchange of information related coeliac disease, encouraging skill and knowledge sharing, particularly among new and developing Coeliac Societies. 


The Crossed Grain Trademark

Gluten Free Certification

The Crossed Grain Trademark is widely recognised as a source of trust and reassurance that a product is safe to eat. Our Europe wide licensing system means that one trademark license gives producers and retailers the right to use the Crossed Grain Trademark on their gluten free sales in over 30 European countries.

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Aoecs Wheat Field

About coeliac disease

1 in 100 people are estimated to suffer from coeliac disease in Europe. Applying that ratio, it can be assumed that more than 7 million people are affected by coeliac disease across Europe, with only approximately 25% of those actually receiving a diagnosis. Coeliac disease can present with a wide range of mild to very severe symptoms with the only treatment being a strict daily gluten free diet.

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Latest news

FFF News
AOECS attending Free From Food Expo
  • 31st August 2021
  • 1 min read

Take the opportunity to meet us in Amsterdam in November as we are exhibiting on the Free From Food Expo.

Single Use Plastics Hungary
UE regulation on single -use plastics and Coeliacs
  • 9th July 2021
  • 4 min read

With the UE regulations for the use of single-use plastics, we have a question: are the biobased alternative materials a risk for coeliacs?

Member meeting - Spring 2021

The tentative date has been set for Saturday 17 April 2021. The meeting will be online.