Find out about ELF, what we do and what our plans are for the future.
ELF is a patient-led organisation that works internationally to bring patients and the public together with healthcare professionals to improve lung health and advance diagnosis, treatment and care.
Founded in 2000, ELF works in partnership with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) to develop the union between lung health professionals and patients. Based in Sheffield (UK) and Brussels (Belgium) ELF has grown and developed a core team of specialists and a network of individual patients and patient organisations. ELF works with people from all over the world, including our volunteer patient network of more than 350 people and our patient organisation network with more than 200 respiratory organisations in Europe; working together with people living with more than 40 different lung conditions.
Our ethos is openness, inclusiveness and collaboration. We believe in working together to improve lung health.
Kjeld Hansen – ELF chair, asthma patient and patient ambassador
In partnership with the European Respiratory Society, the European Lung Foundation brings patients and the public together with healthcare professionals to improve lung health and advance diagnosis, treatment, and care.
People living with lung conditions will be centrally involved in lung healthcare and research and everyone in Europe will have clear, reliable information they can trust about lung health and disease in their own language.
The ELF strategy focuses on 6 main points:
Learn more about each step in our strategy and how we are working to improve lung health across Europe.ELF strategy 2020 ELF Strategy Report 2023
ELF is a non-profit organisation registered as a UK company (VAT no. GB 115 0027 74) and charity (no. 1118930). Our Brussels office enterprise number is 0738.383.695
ERS annual reports – Please note that as part of ERS, our annual reports are combined with theirs.
Lungs Europe is a Brussels-based collaboration between the European Lung Foundation (ELF) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS). Established in November 2019, Lungs Europe allows ELF and ERS to work in partnership and with other important organisations in the respiratory field to drive policy and the regulatory environment in support of lung health at the European level. Lungs Europe is well placed to play a significant role in EU funding programmes and projects related to respiratory health and disease.Lungs Europe website
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