Practice Parameters and Other Guidelines

The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Practice Parameters was formed in 1989 and is comprised of members from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Joint Council on Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Practice parameters are designed to assist clinicians in providing high quality assessment and treatment that is consistent with the best available scientific evidence and clinical consensus. The parameters describe generally accepted practices but are not intended to define a standard of care, nor should they be deemed inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of other legitimate methods of care directed at obtaining the desired results. 

The ultimate judgment regarding the care of a patient and family must be made by the clinician in light of all the clinical evidence presented by the patient and family, the diagnostic and treatment options available, and available resources.

Current practice parameters are listed below. Information about previous and future practice parameters can be found on the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters website.

Allergy Testing 
Allergy diagnostic testing: an updated practice parameter (2008)


Emergency department diagnosis and treatment of anaphylaxis: a practice parameter (2014)
The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis practice parameter (2010)

Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (2010)
Attaining optimal asthma control: a practice parameter (2005)
Algorithm for the diagnosis and management of asthma: a practice parameter update (1998)
Practice parameters for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma (1995)

Drug Allergy
Drug allergy: an updated practice parameter (2010)

Food Allergy

Food allergy: A practice parameter update (2014)
Food allergy: a practice parameter (2006)

Practice parameter for the diagnosis and management of primary immunodeficiency (2005)

Allergen immunotherapy: a practice parameter third update (2011)

Environmental assessment and exposure control: a practice parameter—furry animals (2012)
Environmental assessment and exposure reduction of rodents: a practice parameter (2012)

The diagnosis and management of rhinitis: an updated practice parameter (2008)

The diagnosis and management of sinusitis: a practice parameter update (2005)

Skin Allergy
The diagnosis and management of acute and chronic urticaria: a practice parameter update (2014)
A focused parameter update: Hereditary angioedema, acquired C1 inhibitor deficiency, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor–associated angioedema (2013)
Atopic dermatitis: a practice parameter update (2013)
Contact dermatitis: a practice parameter Update (2015)

Stinging Insect Allergy
Stinging insect hypersensitivity (2011)

Adverse reactions to vaccines (2012)
Administering influenza vaccine to egg allergic recipients (2010)

Additional Evidence-Based Guidelines and Resources

Consensus Communication on Early Peanut Introduction and the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in High-Risk Infants (June 2015)

Quality Measures and Their Importance to Allergy/Immunology - The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice (Janaury 2015)
Update on influenza vaccination of egg allergic patients
Kelso JM, Greenhawt MJ, Li JT. Update on influenza vaccination of egg allergic patients. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2013; 111:301-2.

Budesonide inhalation suspension versus montelukast in children aged 2-4 years with mild persistent asthma (November 2012)
Summary of the New Food Allergy Guidelines for Primary Care Physicians (January 2012)
Update on Egg Allergy and Influenza Vaccine (November 2011)
Summary of the New Food Allergy Guidelines for Pediatricians (September 2011)
Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-sponsored expert panel (2010)
Management of food allergy in the school setting (AAP clinical report, 2010)
Expert panel report 3 (EPR-3): Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma (2007)
National Guidelines Clearinghouse

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology