IFAN’s “Egg ladder” has been updated

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IFAN has been using the “egg ladder” for over 7 years to help promote tolerance in certain individuals.  It has recently been revisited and updated in accordance with feedback received and the latest evidence base. There are no major content changes but there are changes to the following:

  • 3 main steps to the ladder have been defined
  • the ladder “rungs” within each step have become more defined
  • clear guidance is given for those who cannot or will not consume any of the foods listed.

You can see the revised ladder here

Exploitation of allergy in “Peter Rabbit” movie.

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IFAN welcomes Sony Pictures apology for their insensitive disregard for severe allergic reactions. A scene in the film depicts a human character named Tom McGregor with an allergy to blackberries. In a quest to gain access to his garden, rabbits pelt him with fruits and vegetables before using a slingshot to send a blackberry flying into his mouth. It works. Mr. McGregor struggles to inject himself with adrenaline and then has anaphylaxis and collapses-the rabbits cheer.

A section from the apology reads “Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit’s archnemesis, Mr. McGregor, being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way……We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologize”.

If you or your child has been excluded, stigmatised or bullied on the basis of allergy please share your experience with us at info@ifan.ie

IFAN is trying to advocate on behalf of all those affected by food allergy in Ireland. Our aim is to promote inclusion and a balanced factual understanding about different types of food allergy.

No evidence for food intolerance tests patients and pharmacists are advised.

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IFAN welcomes the HPRA review of the types of food intolerance tests available in Ireland and their advice of Jan 29, 2018 to the public not to rely on them. The pharmacy regulator,the PSI,in response has advised superintendent pharmacists and pharmacy owners that offering food intolerance testing in pharmacies,to diagnose food intolerance,is not appropriate and that any testing service in a pharmacy should only be provided in line with PSI guidance on providing testing services in pharmacies. These are very welcome developments which favour patient centred evidence based best practice.
View the HPRA notice here HPRA Jan 2018

View the PSI regulatory notice here 

Excluded because of allergy?

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Ever excluded from school, sports or leisure activities because of food allergy? Ever get special treatment because of food allergy? IFAN are trying to advocate on behalf of all those affected by food allergy in Ireland. Our aim is to promote inclusion and a balanced factual understanding about different types of food allergy. We need to hear from all those with positive and/or negative experiences about how they or their child’s life has been affected.

email info@ifan.ie in confidence

Allergy & Eczema

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We at IFAN were delighted to collaborate with the Irish Skin Foundation to produce a practical factual information leaflet for parents and patients addressing 20 common issues and correcting misinformation and myths about allergy and eczema.  We hope you’ll find it useful and encourage you to print it for patient and staff use.

You can download a free copy here


Travel Bursary

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A limited number of travel grants are now being offered by IFAN to members presenting original work, relevant to the field of Food Allergy at an International meeting in 2017

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must be:

  • The first author of an abstract (in the field of food allergy) accepted to an international meeting.
  • A member of IFAN.

How to apply?

Applicants should provide the following information by email only:

  • Applicant covering letter
    •1 page CV
    •A copy of the accepted abstract
    •A supporting letter from your head of department

Please submit your application by email only to: info@ifan.ie


Those who are awarded a travel grant will receive travel and subsistence costs refunded up to 500EUR on submission of original receipts. Reimbursement will be made as soon as possible within two months after the meeting.

Please note that a travel grant does not include the registration fee or accommodation costs.

IFAN has registered with Lobbying.ie

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The Regulation of Lobbying legislation is designed to provide information to the public about who is lobbying whom about what.

The Register of Lobbying is maintained by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Standards Commission). In compliance with The Regulation of Lobbying Act, IFAN registered in November 2015.  We have submitted nil returns to date.  www.lobbying.ie

IFAN respond to HPRA communication on the quality of the supply of adrenaline autoinjectors

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All three devices currently available in Ireland at the present time have unique elements to their delivery.  Patients and carers all have to be trained in advance, in delivery technique.

IFAN believes that merely ensuring that there are enough devices in the country is no longer an acceptable standard. We are a small market and thus a vulnerable market. We strongly believe that the current haphazard supply of AAIs in Ireland is forcing customers to purchase devices that they and other carers have not been trained to use, thus placing patients at risk of not having adrenaline correctly delivered in the event of a life threatening allergic reaction. This could result in a completely avoidable fatality.

Click here to read an extract from the original communication sent to the HPRA on September 2nd 2015.

Response received from the HPRA on October 2nd 2015.

Click here to read IFAN’s reply to the HPRA response on October 12th 2015