The European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI) (previously known as The European Foundation for Immunogenetics) was formally founded in March 1985, and is registered in the Register of Associations in the Tribunal d'Instance de Strasbourg. The administrative address of the FEDERATION is at 10 Rue Spielmann, 67065 Strasbourg cedex, France.
The roots of the FEDERATION can be traced back to the late 1970's and stem directly from the work of the Committee of Experts in Histocompatibility set up under the auspices of the Council of Europe. In 1981 the Members of the Committee decided that time had come to establish a formal organisation for immunogeneticists and tissue typers.
One of the main aims of the FEDERATION was the organisation of biennial meetings. The Council of Europe offered its headquarters as a venue and the first meeting took place in 1983 in the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg. Since 1990 EFI has organised meetings annually.
The purposes of the Association are:
1. To support the development of Immunogenetics in Europe as a discipline of medicine and promote research and training in this field.
2. To provide a forum for exchange of scientific information and to reinforce the skills and knowledge of young scientists and others working in the field.
3. To create a formal organisation of workers in the field of immunogenetics, histocompatibility testing and transplantation.
4. To develop recommendations for the standardisation of techniques, quality control and criteria for accreditation and to support their implementation.
5. To promote the organisation and use of immunogenetic data bases.
6. To develop relations with organisations with similar aims.