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Timeline 2003-2013

2003 - OUR MEMBERS, THE STARTING POINT

13 patients’ organisations create the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). They realise they needed a strong European umbrella to represent them on common healthcare issues. They create a powerful Constitution based on representativeness, legitimacy, independence, accountability and transparency.

2004 - ALLIANCE BUILDING, LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

EPF organises our first annual conference entitled “Driving better health in Europe”. This is the first occasion for patient groups to build alliances and to lay the foundations for patients’ advocacy on cross cutting issues. 

2005 – FIRST COMMITMENTS AND POLICY FOCUS

EPF organises our second annual conference entitled “Health Education and compliance”. EPF engages in crucial policy areas: information to patients, empowerment of patients, patients’ safety and quality of care.

2006 - THE SECRETARIAT, A DEDICATED TEAM

A permanent secretariat is established in Brussels. Our first annual report documents the collective achievements and challenges of previous years.

2007 - THE STRATEGIC PLAN, A SIGNIFICANT LANDMARK


EPF develops our first strategic plan to be able to grow and work effectively during the next 5 years. EPF put its vision of healthcare, mission, values to defend and goals into words and actions.

2008 - A FIRST PROJECT, NEW CHALLENGES ON THE HORIZON

EPF leads our first EU funded project: Value+. This marks the start of EPF’s involvement in European projects to gather evidence based information from patients to substantiate our policy work.

2009 - OUR PATIENT MANIFESTO, HIGH VISIBILITY IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

EPF reaps the benefits of the one year campaign “150 Million Reasons to Act” and our Patient Manifesto.  100 MEPs express their commitment to support EPF’s mission.

2010 - YOUNG PATIENTS, THE VOICE OF THE FUTURE

The 2010 EPF Regional Advocacy Seminar put the spot light on young patients. The Youth Group is established to explore how their needs can be better recognised by patient organisations.

2011 - POLICY IMPACT AND NEW TOPICS

EPF strengthens our policy impact in both EU and national health contexts, particularly through our work on cross-border health care and clinical trials, and extends our activity to new policy topics, such as personalised medicine and the rights of older patients.

2012 – BUILDING CAPACITY AND TRANSMISSION OF KNOWLEDGE


EPF transmits our knowledge through its Capacity Building Programme and the European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation. The aim is to reinforce patients groups’ information and advocacy capacity to enable them to become effective actors in driving positive change in all  issues affecting patients at both national and European level.

2013 – TIME TO LEARN LESSONS AND TO LOOK AHEAD

EPF celebrates our 10th anniversary and changes its logo to demonstrate our evolution as an organisation, with an ever expanding membership and widening mandate.
EPF prepares for the the next EU programming period with our new 2014-2020 Strategic Plan developed with our members.

“EPF is entering an exciting new era, where we can build on past achievements and our track record with our members and allies, to engineer positive change for patients in every part of the European Union” concluded our President Anders Olauson and our Director Nicola Bedlington.

(The full version of the timeline leaflet is available here and also on video on YouTube)