Contact allergy is frequent and has a great socio-economic impact. With the aim of providing scientific information necessary for primary prevention, the European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (ESSCA; 30 partners from 13 countries) was founded. All partners record data pertaining to patients tested for contact allergy, either on paper or in PCs. Since there would be considerable added value in sharing these data, both a computer program for local use and a co- coordinating data centre will be implemented. Collected data is quality checked, transformed (in view of heterogeneous EDP systems) and analysed in the centre. ESSCA-DC intends to co-operatively evaluate pooled European data to meet the following objectives yet unmet: early recognition of
(I) sentinel events concerning emerging contact allergens, or
(ii) novel exposure contexts for known allergens, with the ultimate aim of improved consumer and workplace safety.
Funding SchemeCON - Coordination of research actions
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