European Federation for Immunogenetics

EFI, the European Federation for Immunogenetics (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 history of EFI

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. 

Mission and goals

It is the mission and goal of EFI:

  1. To support the development of Immunogenetics in Europe as a discipline in 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 knowlegde of young scientists and others working in the field.
  3. To create a formal organisation of workers in the field of immunogenetics, histocompatiblity testing and transplantation.
  4. To develop recommendations for standardisation of techniques, quality control and criteria for accreditation and to support their implementation.
  5. To promote the organisation and use of immunogenetic databases.
  6. To develop relations with organisations with similar aims.

The association shall abstain from any type of political activity. 


European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI) recognises the value of having a diverse group of people with a diversity of thinking and perspectives involved in EFI and wishes to use the differences that people bring with them as an important resource in furthering our important mission and objectives.

Equality, diversity & inclusion policy

President's page

From the EFI President -  EFI Newsletter, issue 100, March 2023

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The past Presidents are:

J.J. van Rood † 1985 - 1988
B.A. Bradley 1988 - 1990
E. Albert 1990 - 1992
J. Hors † 1992 - 1994
M.M. Tongio 1994 - 1996
J.G. Bodmer † 1996 - 1998
F.H.J. Claas 1998 - 2000
E.S. Curtoni † 2000 - 2002
E. Thorsby † 2002 - 2004
F. Garrido 2004 - 2006
D. Charron 2006 - 2008
S.G.E. Marsh 2008 - 2010
I.I.N. Dioxiadis 2010 - 2012
G. Fischer 2012 - 2015
E. Naumova 2015 - 2018
J. Mytilineos 2018 - 2021


Obituary. In memory of Erik Thorsby (1938-2021).

With sadness we received the message that our good friend and colleague Erik Thorsby has passed away. Erik was one of the pioneers, who made several important contributions to the field of histocompatibility and immunogenetics.

Obituary. In memory of Erik Thorsby (1938-2021).


Obituary: Prof. Dr. Johannes Joseph (Jon) van Rood (1926-2017)

Prof. dr. Jon J. van Rood, a distinguished member of our scientific community, passed away on 21 July 2017 at 91 years of age. In light of his scientific legacy, we wish to commemorate some of his most significant achievements and contributions.

Obituary: Prof. Dr. Johannes Joseph (Jon) van Rood (1926-2017)

EFI Constitution

The organisation was founded on March 6th 1985 bearing the name: European Foundation for Immunogenetics, hereafter EFI. It is REGULATED by articles 21-79 of the local civil law and by the present articles. It is recorded in the Register of Associations in the Tribunal d'Instance de Strasbourg under No XXXXVIII No 70. The name European Federation for Immunogenetics was adopted on June 11 1996 and recorded in the Register of Associations on 17 January 1997. The current articles were adopted by the General Assembly (the EFI membership) on 28th April 2023 and subsequent acceptance by the French Court.

French Legal Statutes - 28 April 2023

English Translation - 28 April 2023


Overview of the European Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility Conference

1983 1 - Strasbourg France
1985 2 - Strasbourg France
1988 3 - Strasbourg France
1990 4 - Strasbourg France
1991 5 - Noordwijkerhout the Netherlands
1992 6 - Strasbourg France
1993 7 - Stresa Italy
1994 8 - Strasbourg France
1995 9 - Brighton United Kingdom
1996 10 - Paris France
1997 11 - Budapest Hungary
1998 12 - Strasbourg France
1999 13 - Crete Greece
2000 14 - Montpellier France
2001 15 - Granada Spain
2002 16 - Strasbourg France
2003 17 - Baden-Baden Germany
2004 18 - Sofia Bulgaria
2005 19 - Istanbul Turkey
2006 20 - Oslo Norway
2007 21 - Barcalona Spain
2008 22 - Toulouse France
2009 23 - Ulm Germany
2010 24 - Florence Italy
2011 25 - Prague Czech Republic
2012 26 - Liverpool United Kingdom
2013 27 - Maastricht the Netherlands
2014 28 - Stockholm Sweden
2015 29 - Geneva Switzerland
2016 30 - Kos Greece
2017 31 - Mannheim/Heidelberg Germany
2018 32 - Venice Italy
2019 33 - Lisbon Portugal
2020 34 - No conference due to COVID  
2021 34 - Glasgow - Virtually UK
2022 35 - Amsterdam the Netherlands
2023 36 - Nantes France
2024 37 - Geneva Switzerland
2025 38 - Prague Czech Republic


EFI sponsors several awards to recognize scientific accomplishments and contributions to the fields of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and to service to the society:


  • Ceppellini Lecture
  • Julia Bodmer Award
  • EFI Medal
  • Best Abstract Award / Jon van Rood Award
  • Best Poster Award

For more information on the above award, please click here.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is accountable to the General Assembly for the upholding of the interests of EFI and shall perform all acts of management or arrangements which it deems necessary or desirable in order to carry out the aims and objectives of EFI as determined by the General Assembly.

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Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee is to develop criteria for accreditation and to support their implementation.

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Education Committee

To promote education and training for technical, scientific, and medically qualified staff in the field of transplantation immunology, histocom­patibility and immunogenetics throughout Europe and beyond.

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EPT Committee

External Proficiency Testing (EPT) is a mandatory part of the EFI accreditation process for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (H&I) laboratories. The major goal of the EFI EPT Committee (EPTC) is to harmonise EPT for H&I affiliated with EFI.

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IT & Bioinformatics Committee

The IT & Bioinformatics Committee is installed in 2018 to support the Executive Committee and all other Committees with IT related matters. 

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Scientific Committee

The EFI Scientific Committee (SC) is responsible for promoting Science related to Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics within EFI. This includes maintaining relationships to other Scientific Societies in the field, promotion of international scientific collaborations and recruitment of new young investigators to the field.

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Standards Committee 

The aim of the Standards Committee is to develop recommendations for the standardisation of techniques, quality control and criteria for accreditation and to support their implementation. 

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We are currently looking for a few more members to join the working party to help with initial setup of the group. So if you are interested in hearing more or participation in the Young EFI Professionals Working Party: please contact us via email or you can follow us on Linkedin.

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Do you have questions and/or remarks about EFI?

Please feel free to contact the EFI Office.

+31 71 - 526 51 11