Discover the PlayDecide topics

The PlayDecide topics were selected because of their relevance to the rare disease community. Leading experts in the field were asked to gather the information, case studies and policy options used in the kit.

Orphan drugs

High development costs, limited markets and exclusive commercialisation. Should there be a maximum limit of expenditure for a single patient?


Stem cells

Able to replace damaged cells, stem cells are of great medical importance. Yet, controversy exists on the methods and techniques used in their development.


Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

Procedures performed on embryos prior to implantation, sometimes even on oocytes prior to fertilization, are considered another way to prenatal diagnosis of genetic conditions.


Discover the topics

Six Decide rare disease discussion topics were created in 22 European languages to help empower patients and patient representatives.


Cross border health care

Due to the increasingly diverse movement of EU citizens, a real need exists for better coordination of health systems and policies across the EU.


Diagnosis, information to the patient, genetic counselling

An emotional time for patients and their families, varying views exist on phases of the diagnosis in so far as the target of testing, notification, and follow up counselling.


Neonatal screening

Adopted by most countries around the world, newborn screening is the process of testing newborn babies for treatable diseases.

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