This working group of the ESCD has been collaborating with the European Society of Photodermatology in order to establish guidelines for photo patch testing and develop a baseline series for Photopatch testing.
Guidelines for photo patch testing have been published:
Photopatch testing: a consensus methodology for Europe. The European Taskforce for Photopatch testing. DP Bruynzeel, J Ferguson, K Andersen, M Gonçalo, J English, A Goossens, E Holze, S Ibbotson, M Lecha, P Lehman, F Leonard, H Moseley, P Pigatto, A Tanew. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2004:18:679-682
A prospective, open, multicentre photopatch test study of patients suspected of photo allergy was conducted in several European countries and coordinated by Prof James Ferguson from Scotland UK, between 2008 and 2011. Results have been published:
A European multi-centre photopatch test study (EMCPTTS).
Kerr AC, Ferguson J, Haylett AK, Rhodes LE, Adamski H, Alomar A, Serra E, Antoniou C, Aubin F, Vigan M, Biedermann T, Fischer J, Bourrains JL, Bruynzeel D, Rustemeyer T, Carrascosa JM, Chowdhury MM, de la Cuadra J, Foti C, Gardeazabal J, Gawkrodger DJ, Gimenez-Arnau A, Gonçalo M, Goossens A, Lecha M, Marguery MC, Neuman NJ, Niklassin B, Peyron JL, Pigatto P, Spiewak R, Stone N, Tanew A, Thomas P, Bonnevalle,A, Wilkinson SM, Wolf P, Gruber-Wackernagel A, Wulf HC
Br J Dermatol 2012; 166: 1002-9
A joint meeting was organised in Amsterdam, Feb 17, 2012 in order to decide on the main allergens to be included in a photo patch test series. A recommended European Baseline photo patch test series has been published in Contact Dermatitis.
Photopatch testing: recommendations for a European photopatch test baseline series.
M Goncalo, J Ferguson, A Bonevalle3, DP Bruynzeel4, A Gimenez-Arnau, A Goossens, A Kerr, M Lecha, N Neumann, B Niklasson, P Pigatto, LE Rhodes, T Rustemeyer, R Sarkany, P Thomas, M Wilkinson.
Contact Dermatitis 2013; 68: 239-43