Uniting And Empowering


Uniting and empowering coeliac societies in Europe and beyond. 

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AOECS Emergency Fund for Ukraine

We need more donations to keep the flow of gluten-free food shipments to Ukraine going. Please read more on how to support us.


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European Commission to revise European Food Contact Material regulations
  • 17th April 2024
  • 3 min read

European Commission assures ongoing preparatory efforts toward revising European Food Contact Material regulations to enhance consumer information, including labeling requirements and stricter rules on substance migration into food.

Artificial Intelligence and healthcare
  • 16th April 2024
  • 2 min read

As Artificial Intelligence is being more widely used in healthcare, AOECS needs to stay alert to future developments. This became evident when Veronica Rubio, Secretary General of the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS), and Tunde Koltai, Chair of the Board, attended the European Patient Forum Leadership Meeting centered on Artificial Intelligence on April 13th, 2024.

Call for papers to ISCD symposium 5-7 September, 2024
  • 18th March 2024
  • 2 min read

Submit your research on celiac disease to the ISCD symposium in Sheffield, UK 5-7 September, 2024. Deadline is 7 April.

What we do


Firstly, we care. 

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


The resources you need.

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

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Supporting our members

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


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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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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Curious about what coeliac disease is? Watch this short film that explains the facts.

The film was created as a part of the international collaboration Focus IN CD.