Circle of Clinical and Biological Investigations in Food Allergy



Network membership map
Allergyvigilance 2002
Allergyvigilance 2003

Allergyvigilance 2004
• Drug
• Prevalence of peanut sensitization
Food 2001-2004

Take part in the evaluation of the importance of food allergies by reporting us allergic accidents

Presentation of the allergyvigilance network

The number of allergic diseases is constantly increasing. The risk of severe accidents is evident. Their frequency remains yet unknown and epidemiological evaluations seem necessary.

The concept of allergyvigilance takes into account not only food, but also medecines and any kinds of new allergens.

The allergists’place seems quite essential, as well to give precisions on epidemiological datas as to survey the allergic risk of food or medecines recently put on the market.

The network gathers liberal and hospital allergists. The cooptation only depends on the members’voluntary service. The communication is set up by e-mails. Some members are connected by fax. To become a member, you only have to make the request at the following e-mail address : The fax is the following one : 03 83 85 28 64.

At january 1st, 2008, the network includes 409 members.

The coordinating center is the :

Department of Medecine Interne, Immunologie Clinique et Allergologie
Hôpital Central
Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny
54035 NANCY Cedex – France

L. Parisot is the coordinating analyst and the referent allergists are Prs D.A. Moneret-Vautrin and G. Kanny, Drs Jacques Gayraud, Marie Françoise Fardeau, Jean Philippe Meyer, Ambroise Martin, Etienne Beaudouin, Jenny Flabbee, Martine Morisset.

Aims of the allergy-vigilance network :

The network has three main objectives, the two first ones aiming people’s health and the third one referring to food safety.

The first aim is the declaration, at any time, of lethal or pre-lethal cases of allergy : that concerns cases whose life has been maintained only by intensive care.

The second objective aims to get precise data on the prevalence of allergy cases in both paediatric and adult populations, these cases of allergy being either severe, ordinary or provoked by a specific kind of food. Precise data may also be looked for in clinical descriptions either unproperly known or difficult to identify till now.

The third objective aims to permanently evaluate the allergic risk of new kinds of food. It will therefore be reliant on information given above by the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments. This evaluation will profit of the observation of the frequency of eating these kinds of food and the screening of allergic accidents related to these new kinds of food. It will largely contribute to knowledge by a systematic search of cross-sensitization between the new ingredient and environnemtal vegetable and animal allergens.

Details of running :

The retrospective analyses of medical activity include numerous means. Therefore, the network uses to function according to the principle of prospective surveys prepared by coordinators. They are quite willingly short in time in order to constantly be aware of and careful about the problem. The questions are asked at the 1st day of the month and the answers are requested for the 30th of the month.

After treating all the results, they will be communicated by e-mail or by fax to the network members. The data will be edited in Alim’Inter, and later on they will be available on line.

For further information, contact : Pr D.A. Moneret-Vautrin, coordinator of the network, Service de Médecine Interne, Immunologie Clinique et Allergologie, Hôpital Central, Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, 54035 NANCY Cedex, France.
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Data from the Allergy Vigilance Network : 139 cases of severe food anaphylaxis registered in 2007


Map of the allergy-vigilance network members

Number of doctors by department

  • Dom-Tom :
    Martinique : 3, Reunion : 1, Guadeloupe : 1, New-Caledonie : 1
  • Foreign countries :
    Belgium : 16, Algeria : 5, Morocco : 3, Argentina : 2, Chile : 2, Luxembourg : 2, Poland : 2, Italy : 2, USA : 1, England : 1, Finland : 1, Greece : 1, Portugal : 1, Switzerland : 1, Tunisia : 1