Public Consultation Survey on the Implementation of European Reference Networks (ERN)

ERNs will facilitate improvements in access to diagnosis and healthcare in medical domains where expertise is rare

February 1st 2013

Cross-Border Healthcare

DG Health & Consumers is launching a public consultation targeted to stakeholders on the implementation of European Reference Networks (ERN). It focuses in particular on the criteria to be considered according to Article 12 of the Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare, which requires the Commission to adopt a list of criteria that the networks must fulfill, and the conditions and criteria which providers wishing to join networks must fulfill.

The main added value of the European Reference Networks and of the Centres of Excellence is to facilitate improvements in access to diagnosis and delivery of high-quality, accessible and cost-effective healthcare in the case of patients who have a medical condition requiring a particular concentration of expertise or resources, particularly in medical domains where expertise is rare.  ERNs could also be focal points for medical training and research, information dissemination and evaluation, especially for rare diseases. ENERCA has been working for 10 years in this direction and now fully supports the process started from the European Commission.

The Commission consults until next February 22nd 2013 stakeholders through an online survey to receive input of interested parties. It is a good chance to share opinions and points of view in order to build the ERNs on a broad consensus.

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