EUROPLAN - Guidance for National Plans and Conferences
EUROPLAN is a three year project which began in April 2008. Its main goal is to develop recommendations on how to define a strategic plan for rare diseases. Learn more about the EUROPLAN project
Below you will find links to downloadable documents relating to the EUROPLAN Project, including:
EU Policy Documents on Rare Diseases
EUROPLAN Guidance Documents for the National Plans
EURORDIS Guidance Documents for the National Conferences
Presentations for Working Group Chairs
EUROPLAN National Conference Final Reports
A policy document by the European Commission which intends to provide an integrated approach and a clear direction to present and future Community activities in the field of rare diseases, in order to further improve the access and equity to prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from a rare disease throughout the European Union.
A legislative declaratory act on a rare diseases adopted by the Council of the European Union, i.e. by the representatives of the EU Member States. It engages them to act upon what it recommends. Although not legally binding, a Recommendation may bear a significant political weight. Recommendations are especially used for coordination actions or in certain policy areas, like public health, where the EU cannot issue binding acts (such as Regulations or Directives).
A brochure introducing the project
Developed in the context of the EUROPLAN project, the ‘Recommendations’ are a ‘guidance’ document for the development of National Plans and Strategies on Rare Diseases, implementing the contents of the main European documents on rare diseases and in particular the aforementioned Council Recommendation
Set of Indicators developed in the context of the EUROPLAN project to assess initiatives in the field of rare diseases, in particular to monitor the implementation and evaluate the impact of national plans for Rare Diseases.
This evaluation form will be distributed to the participants of the conferences to have an evaluation of the recommendations based on four different criteria: completeness, significance, suitability and feasibility.
Document describing the minimum requirements and the recommended content for the Workshops (Working Groups) of EUROPLAN National Conferences. In particular, it lists the main Themes, the Sub-Themes and the Open Questions to be dealt with in the Workshops.
Document describing the role and the tasks requested to Chairs and other facilitators of the Workshops of EUROPLAN National Conferences. The Guidelines are meant to ensure that all facilitators are aware of their pivotal role in the success of the conference and that they follow common and coordinated approach.
Common template of the Final Report to be rigorously followed by all organisers of EUROPLAN National Conferences. It is structured along the Themes and the Sub-Themes of the Conferences’ Workshops.
Document providing practical information on the organisation and layout of the National Conferences of EUROPLAN, notably objective of the Conferences, format, participants, steering committee, timing, communication and reporting.
Memo summarising the meaning and legal value of a Council Recommendation, and explaining what it means having a EU rare diseases policy based on this type of legislative declaratory act.
Summary of the main EURORDIS paper on the Clinical Added Value on Orphan Drugs (CAVOD), it aims at illustrating how can cooperation at the EU level facilitate national decisions and improve access to ODs. The cooperation will namely be based on the to-be-created Working Party on CAVOD, to be located ideally at the EMA.