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Coeliac support for travelling - worldwide Associations

Travelling the world can be frustrating when you have coeliac disease. It is an adventure bringing new experiences, new foods and ingredients. Exciting.

If you don`t speak a foreign language, it may limit you from asking the right questions to prevent being glutened. Fortunately there are Coeliac societies around the world that can help you on your travels.

Here is a list of coeliac associations for popular travel destinations you may contact to plan your dining and grocery shopping experiences while abroad. They often have restaurants where you can eat and some of the associations provide you with questions to ask. It`s a great resource and we will be adding to it over the coming weeks and months. Of course you can always stock up on a few of our premium gluten free products before you go travelling. If you are passing through Dublin airport you can always pop into Wrights of Howth who stock a selection of our products. Happy travels. 

Table of contents:

  1. Association of European Coeliac Societies
  2. Ireland
  3. UK
  4. France
  5. Belgium
  6. Croatia
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Netherlands
  9. Norway
  10. Spain
  11. Poland
  12. Portugal
  13. Germany
  14. Italy
  15. Switzerland
  16. Austria
  17. Finland
  18. Sweden
  19. Denmark

Association of European Coeliac Societies

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The Association of European Coeliac Societies - also known as AOECS - is the umbrella organisation of European national coeliac societies with currently 37 Full Member societies across Europe. AOECS represents people who are affected by coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) and seeks to collaborate with international coeliac organisations worldwide.

Ireland

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  • Information on coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetitformis
  • Information on gluten free food
  • Information on healthy gluten free living
  • Opportunities for members to meet and share experiences
  • A campaigning voice for people affected by coeliac disease to the government, health professionals, the food, hospitality sector and the general public.
Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups 
4 North Brunswick Street 
Dublin 7
D07RHA8
Tel:+35318721471.
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United Kingdom

For nearly 50 years, we have been the experts on coeliac disease and the gluten free diet. We are an independent charity helping people living without gluten to live happier, healthier lives. We do this by providing our 60,000 plus members with trustworthy advice and support, funding critical research into coeliac disease, working with healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and fighting for better availability of gluten free food. And we do it all so that one day, no one’s life will be limited by gluten.

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  • providing expert and independent information to help people manage their health and diet
  • campaigning for better access to diagnosis and care and better access to food in and out of the home
  • researching the nature of the disease and potential cures.
  • Campaigning
  • Researching
  • Supporting
England Office

Apollocentre
Desborough Rd
High Wycombe
HP11 2QW UK

  • England tel: +44 333 332 2033
  • Scotland tel: 0131 357 4614
  • Welsh tel: 02920 499732

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France

In 1978, a small team of volunteers founded an association, under the name of "Association of Celiac Patients". Thanks to the tenacity of a few volunteers, the Association, which had only 25 members in the first year, reached about 500 members in 1987. After some internal problems due, in part, to a small number of volunteers to make this group work, the Celiac Patients' Society ceases to function for approximately 2 years. In 1989, former activists helped by some new, determined to restart the activity of this Association which deserved not to be abandoned, have restarted, with dynamism and will, the action begun in 1978.

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The AFDIAG (French Association of Gluten Intolerant) was born. It currently has about 5,000 families members. This Association is managed by celiacs or by parents of celiac children.

Offered services.
  • Telephone hotlines
  • Four-month magazine «AFDIAG Infos»
  • Annual reports of medical seminars
  • Booklet Updates and Updates: Your Gluten-Free Daily Guide, the Recipe Book, the Gluten-Free Product Refund Guide, the Product Catalog with the Barred Spike Logo, Guide for Teens
  • Website and private forum
  • Medical seminars
  • Meetings in the regions
  • Cooking workshops
  • Nutrition Education Courses for Children, Adolescents, Adults and Families
  • Sports stays (hiking, trekking)
  • Training (General public, Delegates of the Association, Schools of engineer in agro-health, Industrialists, Professionals ...)

15 rue d`Hauteville
Paris 10th arrondisement
75010

 Tel:+33156080822
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Belgium

The patient association "Vlaamse Coeliakievereniging" was founded in 1979 on the initiative of parents who had a child with celiac disease. The aim of the association is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of people with celiac disease and / or dermatitis herpetiformis and related diseases. The aim of the association is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of celiac patients and / or dermatitis herpetiformis and related diseases.

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The aim of the association is to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of celiac patients and / or dermatitis herpetiformis and related diseases.

  • Making contacts between celiac patients or the parents of celiac patients through a quarterly magazine, regional meetings, an annual members day with ancillary activities and a discussion forum
  • The announcement of gluten-free diet products and the promotion of their distribution
  • Drafting and publishing recipes for gluten-free cooking and baking
  • Publishing useful addresses such as diet shops, catering establishments and specialist dieticians
  • The broader publication of the terms ' celiac disease ' and ' gluten-free diet '
  • Publishing medical and dietary information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet
  • Promoting the interests of celiac patients in the government and the health insurance funds

Kabienstraat 16
2382 Poppel

Tel: 03 / 664.42.71 (of 014/ 43.81.59 )
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Croatia

The association helps in the first place through counseling - educational activities. Wider knowledge of celiac disease than the patients themselves and professionals of various professions. He advises on nutrition and maintenance of health, on the choice of special foods for food and on meal preparation. Collects and publishes data and lists of industrial complex products according to gluten content. Initiates through the institution and conducts product analysis suitable for everyday nutritional use. Allows the sufferer to have a choice of no harmful food. The patients are provided with a basic tool that will help in product selection and health.

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  • Celiac Detection Support - Testing with a quick fingerprint test - Counseling on celiac disease with writing a written message to a doctor *
  • Comprehensive support for rehabilitation and healing in cellular health
  • Providing tools for therapy
  • Information on gluten free diet
  • Educational information
  • Food preparation  
  • Lectures on health and education themes
  • Promoting healthy habits 
  • Information on eating out

Croatian Chamber of Commerce 
Roosevelt Square 2 
Zagreb

Tel: +35898 738 576
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Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Association of Gluten Intolerance (ALIG) was founded in October 1997 . 
In May 2016 it has more than 450 members . Incorporated as a non-profit organization, it brings together people with celiac disease (also known as gluten intolerance) or dermatitis herpetiformis as well as anyone with a commitment to fight these diseases.

The association pursues several goals including the dissemination of information and experiences relating to celiac disease , particularly those facilitating the implementation of a gluten-free diet. It informs about modern methods of screening and treatment and promotes the organization of their application and scientific research . Contacts between celiac patients, at national or international level, are favored. ALIG organizes official relations with the Luxembourg authorities to defend and improve the status of people with celiac disease. 

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  • a secretariat that can be contacted every working day from 8 am to 12 noon
  • a list of supermarkets and health food stores in Luxembourg offering gluten-free products
  • a list of bakers making gluten-free breads and pastries
  • information on the reimbursement of costs related to celiac disease
  • a working group that organizes trainings for interested restaurants, as well as a list of restaurants in Luxembourg that know the disease and offer gluten-free dishes
  • an optimized website to quickly find the restaurants trained by ALIG
  • contacts with foreign associations
  • contacts between patients suffering from the same condition
  • an annual information day
  • a weekend for children
  • cooking classes
  • site visits related to the disease abroad
  • continuous information on the website www.alig.lu
  • presence on Facebook and Instagram
  • writing and sending regular newsletter and magazine ALIG-Info

110, avenue Gaston Diderich
L-1420
Luxembourg

Te:+35326 38 33 83
Tel Hotline:+353621 474 738

Netherlands

We want to make life easier with a gluten-free diet! An important tool for this is providing accurate information to our members. About gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity, about the gluten-free diet, the role of doctor and dietitian as well as all other aspects of a gluten-free life. We provide our information through brochures, this website, information meetings and the Gluten-free Magazine.

Members receive the Gluten-free Magazine every quarter. In addition, members can use all information materials for free or at cost price via our online store . On our website you will find up-to-date and scientifically correct information about gluten-related disorders and a gluten-free life. The NCV distinguishes itself by not only passing on information, but by collecting, interpreting and producing it, all based on scientifically relevant information on the one hand and experiential expertise on the other.

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The NCV also focuses on providing information for Colleges for Dietetics, catering schools, and universities. Our dietician and trained informants explain celiac disease and in particular about the gluten-free diet, reading labels on food products and working cleanly to prevent gluten contamination.

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  • the promotion of the physical and social well-being of people with celiac disease and / or dermatitis herpetiformis and related diseases
  • stimulating scientific research into these diseases
  • Our objective is: to facilitate life with a gluten-free diet
  • Provision of a medical advisory board
  • An important tool for this is providing accurate information to our members. About gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity, about the gluten-free diet, the role of doctor and dietitian as well as all other aspects of a gluten-free life
  • We provide our information through brochures, this website, information meetings and the Gluten-free Magazine
  • On our website you will find up-to-date and scientifically correct information about gluten-related disorders and a gluten-free life
  • The NCV also focuses on providing information for Colleges for Dietetics, catering schools, and universities.
    Our dietician and trained informants explain celiac disease and in particular about the gluten-free diet, reading labels on food products and working cleanly to prevent gluten contamination.

Gooimeer 4-15
1411 DC
Naarden

Tel: +31356954002
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Norway

The purpose of the association is to safeguard persons with gluten intolerance by pursuing informative and advisory activities. NCF is a contact body between members and authorities, promotes research and new knowledge and acts as a contact body in international collaboration. NCF also collaborates with medical professionals and clinical nutritionists. The overall vision of NCF is "High quality of life for everyone with gluten intolerance". The vision describes what NCF wants for its members.

The association is a nationwide organization with 17 county teams. NCF has approx. 10,000 members, NCFU also has 1750 members.

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  • NCF will find 1000 children with celiac disease. Many children suffer from ailments due to undiscovered celiac disease. NCF will do something about this in this year's main campaign (2018), Find Celiac Disease.
  • NCF works for a better everyday life. We work for a greater food safety for everyone with gluten intolerance by training those who handle gluten-free food in school, SFO and health institutions.

Øvre Voll gate 11 
0158 Oslo 

Tel: +47 22 40 39 00
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Spain

The Celiac Association of Catalonia, an organization established in 1977, is the first organization created in Spain to defend the interests of celiac people. From the association we represent the group before public and private entities and organizations, and we offer them the information, training and advice that helps them achieve a better quality of life, also for their families.

Declared Public Utility Entity in 1982 , we currently group 7,000 families and around 10,000 celiacs and celiacs throughout Catalonia , but we are also the referent body for manufacturers, distributors and restaurateurswhen presenting any product or new establishment in our country by celiacs, not just because we are the main vehicle to get to who their customers are , also to inform them and advise them so that they reach them with the best guarantees of success, since we license with the Symbol international of Espiga Barrada and the Pact of Celiac to the manufacturers and "credit" to the restaurants that offer menus without gluten.

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  • Accompany and support celiac and family
  • Contribute to its social normalization
  • Promote medical research
  • Work with public bodies to improve legislation
  • Promote awareness campaigns in the sectors involved: Restauradores, Producers and Distributors

Carrer de la Independència 257
08026
Barcelona

Tel: +34934121789
Email: via contact on website

Poland

We are the largest public benefit organization helping people on a gluten-free diet, the only nationwide and conducting comprehensive activities for Polish gluten-free people and their families. 
For many years in Poland the topic of celiac disease and gluten-free diet was very neglected. 15 people in 2006 decided to change it by establishing the Polish Association of People with Celiac disease and the Gluten Free Diet, which began very active activities to improve the quality of life of people on a gluten-free diet. Since then, in Poland the life of celiacs has definitely improved, and we are coming - in the Association there are already over 4,500 members, we have branches in several cities.
Our active activities are appreciated by people we help, doctors and dieticians cooperating with us, not only in Poland, but also abroad (Association of European Coeliac Societies AOECS ).

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  • We provide free dietary advice in our Gluten-Free Diet Center
  • We are the only organization in Poland authorized to grant a license for a crossed out Kłosa sign www.przekreslonyklos.pl
  • We run the largest website in Poland regarding celiac disease and gluten-free diet at www.celiakia.pl
  • We organize numerous conferences, including International Day of Celiac Disease
  • We run a training program for the menu MENU WITHOUT GLUTEN
  • We organize educational workshops and meetings of people on a diet in Poland
  • We are effectively fighting for safe gluten-free food - licenses and research
  • We strive to refund the costs of a gluten-free diet ( petition )
  • We publicize the topic of celiac disease and diet in the press and television - hundreds of articles
  • We publish free guides "Celiac disease and gluten-free diet"
  • We publish a gluten-free magazine
  • Thanks to us, since 2009, Poland has a gluten-free communion
  • We run a forum with gluten-free recipes
  • We represent Polish celiacs abroad (as the only one we belong to AOECS )
  • We participate in medical conferences in Poland and abroad
  • We work with dieticians and doctors from all over Poland
  • We send members a monthly gluten-free diet newsletter
  • We are the patron of substantive camps for children and adolescents on a gluten-free diet
  • We support, advise, help all those who need it

ul. On Uboczu 28 U-C4 
02-791 Warsaw

Tel: +4822253 04 97
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Portugal

It is a non-profit association (IPSS), which exists to defend the interests and rights of its members and is dedicated to providing services and support to celiac disease through information, awareness, education and support programs. Improve the quality of life of people who need a permanent gluten-free diet and encourage and support research towards a cure or ethical forms of treatment.

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  • Make contacts to obtain support at a wide range of levels, including with food manufacturers and representatives, so that data on the composition of foods and benefits can be obtained in the purchase of products on the market at exceptionally high prices
  • Defend the 'right to difference' of patients with gluten intolerance, including in the search for alternative solutions to confront food difficulties
  • Provide information and guidance to improve knowledge and adaptation of the disease at different stages and at different levels of support (personal, family, social, etc.) and psychological support to patients and their families
  • To promote research on the disease, both in the search for information and in its dissemination to members
  • Increase awareness of disease among government institutions, health professionals and the general public
  • Provide reliable and up-to-date information on the disease and gluten-free diet for celiacs, health professionals, food producers / distributors, service companies and other stakeholders
  • Provide and actively disseminate educational materials on the disease to the celiac population, their families, health professionals and other interested persons
  • Disseminate information about the disease through the media and in its publications to sensitize the whole society
  • Promote, establish and support volunteers throughout the country for the promotion, dissemination and participation of activities on celiac disease
  • Work with industry to improve labeling and practices that affect individuals with celiac disease
  • Encourage the exchange of information and sponsorship programs with other public and private organizations regarding celiac disease
  • Create links with other international associations and exchange experiences in this area

Avenida Júlio Dinis
23, s / l
1050-130 Lisboa

Tel: +351217530193
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Germany 

In Germany, around 800,000 people suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine. A lifelong gluten-free diet is the only therapy. Since 1977, the charitable German Celiac Society informs about the clinical picture and represents the interests of those affected. She supports patients and relatives with everything from diagnosis to gluten-free nutrition.

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  • Interesting facts about celiac disease and ongoing research
  • Comprehensive information about the disease celiac disease
  • Medical inquiries - our specialist consultant is available by phone during the consultation or by e-mail for questions
  • It is a community of solidarity in which people affected by celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring find help and support for their daily lives and a meaningful way of dealing with the disease.
  • Raise public awareness of the disease celiac disease. She is a competent contact person for all questions about celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring

German Celiac Society eV
Kupferstr. 36
70565 Stuttgart

Tel: 0711 45 99 81-0
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Italy

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  • The Observatory provides technical advice and advice on the following aspects
  • support in the definition phase of the hypotheses and objectives that the research intends to investigate
  • identification of detection techniques (on-line questionnaire, interviews, analysis on secondary data, laboratory analysis, etc.) that are more suitable to deepen the object of study
  • quantitative analysis through statistical techniques of collected data and / or qualitative analysis (Focus Group, Brainstorming, etc.) also with reference to new multimedia techniques
  • screening on graduation thesis / specific studies carried out by third parties
  • scientific dissemination through research publications carried out by the Observatory itself and / or by third parties.

Via Caffaro 10 - 16124
GENOA

Tel: +39104550685
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Switzerland

The IG Celiac of the German Switzerland is a health organization (legal form: non-profit association), which is committed to the concerns of those affected by celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring. We inform about all aspects of gluten-free nutrition and celiac disease. The board, various working groups and a secretariat do the ongoing work and develop projects. The IG Celiac Disease is active through the regional groups throughout German-speaking Switzerland and geared towards all age groups.

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https://www.celiachia.ch/ Italian Switzerland

http://www.coeliakie.ch/ French Switzerland

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  • We are a non-profit organization serving people who are made up
    health reasons gluten-free feed (including celiac disease). The board,
    various working groups and our secretariat do the running
    Work. The association is about the regional groups throughout German-speaking Switzerland active and geared towards all age groups
  • We are committed to it in the sense of the "Ottawa Charter", on the one hand
    To create a framework that gives celiacs everyday life and, on the other hand, to directly assist those affected and their promote mutual exchange
  • We are in close contact with healthcare professionals (Doctors, nutritional counseling) and exchange current knowledge about celiac disease. there
    we want to facilitate mutual understanding and support research
    On the other hand, we are also concerned that those affected by the medical
    Specialists in membership of IG Celiac Disease and its benefits
    to be made aware
  • We work with the food manufacturers and the retailers to exchange,
    provide them with our knowledge and insights in order to create one
    Supply of high-quality, gluten-free foods.
    This should be done in partnership and in full independence.
    We give the "gluten-free" for particularly suitable gluten-free foods
    Symbol "(registered and legally protected trademark)
  • We are committed that the actors responsible for the extra catering
    (Gastronomy, hotel industry, child care, retirement and nursing homes, etc.)
    be sensitized to our needs. This opens up a central one
    Element to increase the quality of life of celiac sufferers
  • We work with politics and authorities to make nutritional
    Limitations of the celiac sufferers by means of altered structures and
    General conditions (declaration, purchase conditions, additional costs, etc.)
    mitigate
  • We communicate with the media and broad sections of the population so that
    Early diagnosis of celiac disease and understanding of the gluten-free diet
    be encouraged
  • We network with organizations with analogue issues in and
    Foreign countries
  • We finance ourselves through membership fees, donations and project-related
    Sponsorship

Altenbergstrasse 29
PO Box 686
CH - 3000 Bern 8

Tel: +410612716217
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Austria

We were 58 parents of celiac children who, together with Dr. Ing. Granditsch, a pediatrician at the University Children's Hospital in Vienna, in October 1981 founded the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Celiac Disease". Very soon celiac disease sufferers from many states of Austria joined our association, so that in 1984 we extended our club name to "Austrian Association of Celiac Disease".

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  • Information on coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetitformis
  • Information on gluten free food
  • Information on healthy gluten free living
  • Opportunities for members to meet and share experiences
  • A campaigning voice for people affected by coeliac disease to the government, health professionals, the food, hospitality sector and the general public.
Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups 

Austrian Association of Celiac Disease,
A-1230 Vienna
Anton-Baumgartner-Strasse
44 / C5 / 2302

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Finland

The primary interest of the Finnish Coeliac Society is to improve the well-being of Finnish coeliac patients and others who follow gluten-free diet for their health in their daily life. Finnish Coeliac Society has over 20 000 members. Finnish Coeliac Society publishes cook books for gluten-free baking and cooking and Gluten-free Life magazine (in Finnish), which informs the membership and others interested in current themes in the gluten-free life. The society also gives nutritional advising in gluten-free diet and collaborates with researchers interested in coeliac disease.

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  • Dietary Care Advice. You can find contact details and call times on the Subcodes for members page
  • Counseling specialist in celiac disease. You can find contact details and call times on the Subcodes for members page
  • Advice on social security and gluten-free everyday life
  • Gluten Free Life magazine is a member benefit five times a year
  • Only material for members of the Keliakialiitto.fi website
  • Monthly Email Newsletter
  • Printed Gluten Free Products 2019 Guide
  • Courses for offenders
  • Supported holidays
  • Children and youth events
  • Regional offices advisory services
  • Membership card discounts on partner services
  • New Members Welcome Package

Hammareninkatu 7
33100 Tampere

Tel: +358032541 300
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Sweden

The Swedish Celiac Society is a non-profit organization representing individuals who have celiac disease, lactose intolerance or allergy to milk protein or soy protein. The Swedish Celia Association is party politically and religiously independent and acts independently towards authorities and food companies. The union consists of about 21,000 members of celiac associations across the country. The SCF is mainly financed by membership fees and government grants. The association was started in 1975 by parents of children diagnosed with celiac disease.

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  • Work for the same living conditions as individuals without the diagnosis of Celiac disease
  • advocacy, advocacy work against many stakeholders etc.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of Celiac disease
  • Information and communication work, celiac cases etc.
  • Support research related to Celiac disease
  • Collection work, sponsorships, applications, networks etc.
  • Active Celia associations throughout the country
  • Business development, activities, simplify for local associations, cooperate

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Denmark

The Danish Celiac Society is a patient organization with about 3,000 members. The association was founded in 1975 and represents people with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis and their relatives. The association is largely run on a voluntary basis and is funded by membership fees, advertising revenue, public grants and private funds. Our vision is that it should be easy to live well with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. We see it as our mission to promote diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis and to create the best possible conditions for people whose health is dependent on a lifelong gluten-free diet to be able to experience high quality of life on an equal footing with others.

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  • Early and safe diagnosis as well as better guidance and follow-up in the health service.
  • Empowerment and disease management.
  • Safe and accessible food for everyone - independent of age, where you live and private finances.
  • To promote new knowledge about celiac disease and DH and to raise the level of knowledge of symptoms and treatment among healthcare professionals, in schools and institutions, in the food industry and in society in general.

Dansk Cøliaki Association
Trekronergade 147B, 2nd th.
2500 Valby

Tel: +4525520832
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