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The main body of the European Lung Foundation (ELF) is the ELF Council. Two committees work under the Council. These include the Professional Advisory Committee and the Patient Advisory Committee. The ELF office carries out the day-to-day work of ELF and is based in Sheffield, UK.

ELF is a non-profit organisation registered as a UK company (VAT no. GB 115 0027 74) and charity (no. 1118930).

Download the ELF bylaws

ERS annual reports 

ELF accounts

People who make up the organisation: Council, Office, Professional Advisory Committee, & Patient Advisory Committee


The ELF Council is the organisation’s main controlling body. They are responsible for the work plan, activities and financial control of ELF. The Council work to guide the foundation and provide an overview of its activities.

The Council is composed, in part, of ERS members including the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary General, Advocacy Chair and Executive Director.

Patient members on the ELF Council include the ELF Chair (who is appointed via an interview process), the Chair of the Patient Advisory Committee (elected by the Patient Advisory Committee), a representative of the European Patient Ambassador Programme (elected by the EPAP Patient Advisory Group) and a representative of a European patient umbrella organistion (by invitation).


The ELF office is based in Sheffield in the UK. ELF is a registered UK company and charity.

Professional Advisory Committee

The Professional Advisory Committee is made up of a group of ERS specialists and professionals from primary care selected from across Europe. They guide ELF on the topics to write about, and assess all written material made available online, to ensure content is accurate and reliable.

Our Professional Advisory Committee are all members of the European Respiratory Society (ERS)

Patient Advisory Committee

The Patient Advisory Committee is made up of European respiratory patient organisations, with members representing different conditions, to ensure all lung conditions are represented equally. The aim is to develop a united voice of respiratory patient organisations across Europe.

The Patient Advisory Committee work with ELF to provide high-quality lung health information, develop health awareness and education initiatives, and make sure the patient voice is represented across ERS activities, such as developing guidelines and in conferences.

Past ELF Chairs