The European Project for Rare Diseases National Plans Development (EUROPLAN) is a three-year project of the Programme of Community action in the field of Public Health (2003 - 2008), which began in April 2008.
The main goal is to provide National Health Authorities with a supporting tools for the development and implementation of National Plans and Strategies for rare diseases (RDs) following the recently agreed European Council Recommendation on an action in the field of RDs (2009/C 151/02). This supporting tools will be composed of three documents focused on defined priority areas: the Recommendations document on recommendations for the definition and implementation of National Plans and Strategies for rare diseases; the report on current practices and relevant cases in the field of rare diseases; and the document on the recommended set of indicators for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of national initiatives.
The National Centre for Rare Diseases (Italian Institute of Health - Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy) is the leading partner that organize the contributions from 34 countries and Eurordis (the European Organisation for rare diseases) ensuring a broad representation of different EU contexts and experiences and patients’ point of view. In addition, the project ensures an inclusive and wide engagement of stakeholders - Ministries, regional and local authorities, health care planners, programme managers, health care professionals, researchers and patients.
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