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ECRD: 11th European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products

June 27 - July 1

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The ECRD is recognised globally as the largest, patient-led rare disease policy event in which collaborative dialogue, learning and conversation takes place, forming the groundwork to shape goal-driven rare disease policies and allowing for important and innovative discussions on a national and an international level to take place.

Leading, inspiring and engaging all stakeholders to take action, the Conference is an unrivalled opportunity to network and exchange invaluable knowledge with over 1500 stakeholders in the rare disease community – patient advocates, policy makers, researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, healthcare industry representatives, academics, payers, regulators and Member State representatives.

The next ECRD will take place fully online from 27 June to 1 July 2022.

This 11th edition follows a pivotal two-year Rare 2030 Foresight Study, supported by the European Parliament and European Commission, that guided a large-scale and multi-stakeholder reflection on rare disease policy in Europe through 2030.

The concluding recommendation of Rare2030 was the need for a new European policy framework on rare diseases with measurable and actionable goals. Current actions at Member State level alone, or legislative changes in specific areas are not enough. We need a new European collective strategy for rare diseases to bring Member States’ commitment to rare diseases under a common umbrella and mark a step forward in the post-COVID world.

This ECRD will be a critical opportunity for all stakeholders to consider how to transform this exhaustive review of the strategy on rare diseases into a proposal of concrete actions ultimately creating the ecosystem required to address the unmet needs and persisting inequalities across Europe.

Patient advocates fee-waiver applications

EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe is offering patient fee waivers for up to 80 patients’ advocates to attend the next ECRD online. These fee waivers aim at empowering patient advocates by offering a platform for networking opportunities, access to information and sharing experiences.

Application deadline: 31 January 2022

Recipients will be selected based on their advocacy skills and objectives, by an ad hoc committee and notified by end of February.