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Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC)

Founded: November 1948

Background:

Our clinical practices and standards are guided by evidence-based medicine principles. Besides, we are in the process of starting up this year the educational materials, proceedings and administrative registries for continuous recertification of Spanish allergists. Also, all of our scientific working committees are currently engaged in the re-edition of the Textbook of Allergology, which we believe is the reference book on allergy practice in Spanish language. Also, SEAIC participates in the National Commission of Allergy, a consulting committee of the Spanish Ministry of Health that establishes the standards and programs for training in allergy in our country. Regarding research, through its Foundation, SEAIC grants every year several research projects carried out by Spanish investigators in the field of allergic diseases. Finally, this year SEAIC is engaged in the 2014 edition of the nationwide epidemiological study Allergology, which was carried out for the first time in 1992 and thereafter in 2005, and provides important information on prevalence of allergic diseases and clinical procedures and how these change through time.

History

The Spanish Society of Allergy was founded in November of 1948, being one of the oldest scientific societies in Spain, and its current name, Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, was coined in 1975. Its first meeting took place in 1949 and since 1978 our meetings are celebrated yearly, National Congresses and International Symposia alternating every other year. Its first working committees started in 1959 and nowadays SEAIC counts on 15 working committees specialized in the diverse fields of allergy, including a specific committee on nursing in Allergy. From 1986 to 2005 the Spanish Journal of Allergology and Clinical Immunology was our official journal, which was then closed and changed to the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, an open-access English-written journal that has notably increased its impact factor in recent years.