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About us

The European Patients’ Forum (EPF) is an umbrella organisation that works with patients’ groups in public health and health advocacy across Europe. Our members represent specific chronic disease groups at EU level or are national coalitions of patients.

Our vision is that all patients with chronic and/or lifelong conditions in the EU have access to high quality, patient-centred equitable health and social care.

Our mission is to ensure that the patients’ community drives policies and programmes that affect patients’ lives to bring changes empowering them to be equal citizens in the EU.

EPF helps to empower patients’ organisations through educational seminars, policy initiatives and projects. We coordinate best practice exchanges between patient organisations at European and national levels. Our programmes also help to strengthen their organisational and advocacy capacity.

Our six core strategic goals as defined in the 2014-2020 Strategic Planning:

  • Goal 1: HEALTH LITERACY

To promote access for patients and their informal carers to information and education that enables them to make informed choices about their health.

  • Goal 2: HEALTHCARE ACCESS AND QUALITY

To contribute to improvements in health systems that enable equitable access to sustainable and high-quality healthcare designed and delivered to meet patients’ and informal carers’ needs at all levels of care, embracing innovation in all its forms.

  • Goal 3: PATIENTS’ INVOLVEMENT

To advance meaningful patient involvement in the development and implementation of health-related policies, programmes and projects in the EU.

  • Goal 4: PATIENTS' EMPOWERMENT

To promote the development and implementation of policies, strategies and healthcare services that empower patients to be involved in the decision-making and management of their condition according to their preference, whilst raising awareness about their rights and responsibilities.

  • Goal 5: SUSTAINABLE PATIENTS' ORGANISATIONS

To support the development, growth and capacity building of inclusive, effective, sustainable and representative patients’ organisations, and to foster cooperation and synergies between them.

  • Goal 6: NON DISCRIMINATION

To promote the development of EU and national policies that tackle discrimination faced by patients in health and social care as well as in domains like education and employment.

Related Information

EPF Strategic Planning 2014-2020

The overall objective of this Strategic Plan is to define strategic priorities for enabling EPF to grow and work effectively during the seven years of the plan.

EPF code of conduct

Key principles required by individuals and how they work for the attainment of the European Patients’ Forum mission and goals.


EPF Constitution

The EPF Constitution, as approved at the Annual General Assembly,19 May 2010


EPF Declaration
EPF should be seen as a response to recent calls by the European Commission and other EU institutions to have one pan-European patient body to address and be consulted on issues concerning the interests of patients in the European healthcare debate.