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About ECC

The European COPD Coalition is a not-for-profit association

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Our activities

Our work to raise awareness about COPD and advocate for further EU political actions to address COPD

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Information about actions on COPD, chronic diseases, ECC work, and general EU health issues

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Please note that this website will not be updated or amended as from 1st January 2018 due to the imminent termination of the association.

The information provided in the European COPD Coalition (ECC) official website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between ECC and any person or entity. Although every reasonable effort is made to present accurate information, the ECC makes no guarantees of any kind.

The ECC website may contain information that was created and maintained by a variety of sources both internal and external to the ECC. Since medical developments occur daily, this site may contain outdated material.  ECC is not liable for any damage or loss related to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any information contained on this site.

Health related topics found on any ECC’s page should not be used for diagnosing purposes or be substituted for medical advice. As with any new or ongoing treatment, always consult your professional healthcare providers before beginning any new treatment. It is your responsibility to research the accuracy, completeness, and usefulness of all opinions, services, and other information found on the site, and to consult with your professional health care provider as to whether the information can benefit you. The ECC assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequence resulting directly or indirectly for any action or inaction you take based on or made in reliance on the information, services, or material on or linked to this site.

What is COPD

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is a long-term lung and airways disease that is not curable. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you may suffer from COPD.

COPD is a chronic disease as it is characterised by:

  • complex causality
  • multiple risk factors
  • long latency periods
  • a prolonged course of illness
  • functional impairment or disability.

COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people with COPD have both bronchitis and emphysema.