Our Members

Our Members


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Full Members

In 2016, the European Commission (EC) launched a call for European Reference Networks (ERNs) and some of the leading urological healthcare providers in Europe came together to join their expertise and knowledge to create ERN eUROGEN. In total 29 healthcare providers (HCPs) in 11 European Member States were assessed and proven to meet the criteria to form ERN eUROGEN, an ERN which focuses on highly specialised surgery for rare uro-recto-genital diseases and complex conditions.

You can click on the map above to see details of our full members, or click here to see a list of their addresses, contacts, and thematic areas covered.

At the end of 2019, the EC launched a call for proposals for new HCPs to join existing ERNs. The process followed the same application and assessment process that the existing HCPs completed in 2016.

A total of 31 healthcare providers applied to join ERN eUROGEN. All applicants were assessed by the ERNs in an internal peer review, a sample was assessed by the Independent Assessment Body, and then all applicants were reviewed by the Board of Member States for ERNs (BoMS) who have the final decision. The successful applicants are expected to join the ERNs by the end of 2021 (delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Brexit

The UK withdrawal from the European Union took effect on 1st January 2021 and UK healthcare providers have thus ceased to be part of the ERN eUROGEN network. This means that ERN eUROGEN now comprises 23 full members, rather than the original 29. However, collaboration in areas such as research and education will continue with individual UK-based clinicians as Supporting Partners.

Affiliated Partners

In 2019, the Board of Member States for ERNs (BoMS), which is mostly comprised of representatives from the health ministries of the Member States, began the process of designating institutions in their countries as Affiliated Partners to work with ERNs.

There are two types of Affiliated Partner: Associated National Centres and National Coordination Hubs. You can click on the map above to see details of these centres, or follow the links to see a list of their addresses, contacts, and thematic areas covered.

ERN eUROGEN works proactively with the Affiliated Partners to train them on how to use the Clinical Patient Management System (CPMS) because a priority objective for our network is to transfer knowledge and offer as much help and advice as possible to healthcare professionals in countries which do not see rare and complex cases very often due to their smaller population sizes. Furthermore, all ERN eUROGEN educational and training opportunities are open to Affiliated Partners.

A memorandum of agreement is signed between them and the ERN eUROGEN Strategic Board which ensures that they actively participate in CPMS panels as necessary (including as observers for learning purposes), implement agreed clinical guidelines, add data to our registry; and participate in research depending on their capacity.

The ERN Coordinators Group (which meets twice a year) has developed a Strategy for the Integration of Affiliated Partners to identify some common principles.  ERNs were also required to develop an individual Strategy for the Integration of the Affiliated Partners, shared with the BoMS.  ERN eUROGEN’s strategy can be found here.