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Uniting and empowering coeliac societies in Europe and beyond. 

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AOECS Commemorate Coeliac Awareness Day at the Senate of the Italian Republic
  • 14th May 2024
  • 1 min read

AOECS and AIC at the Senate of the Italian Republic on May 14th will spotlight Coeliac Awareness Day. Led by Senator Elena Murelli, this event amplifies the voices of those affected by coeliac disease, advocating for crucial awareness and support.

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Spain Hosts Historic Parliamentary Day Focused on Coeliac Disease
  • 14th May 2024
  • 3 min read

Spain is set to host its first-ever parliamentary day dedicated to raising awareness about coeliac disease. This landmark event will take place on Thursday, May 16th, 2024. The parliamentary day aims to shed light on the challenges faced by individuals living with coeliac disease. AOECS will be represented by Verónica Rubio, Secretary General who also will be speaking at the event.

AOECS gives voice to coeliac consumers at Codex meeting in Budapest
  • 10th May 2024
  • 3 min read

For consumers with coeliac disease and other gluten-related disorders, it is important to be able to detect if food contains gluten. Precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) is a voluntary labelling practice used by food manufacturers to communicate the potential presence of allergens in food products that are not intentionally added as ingredients. AOECS advocates for further clarity and consistency for consumer-friendly labelling.

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.