Events 17 September 2015

2nd conference on European Reference Networks

DG Health and Food Safety will organise the “2nd conference on European Reference Networks” on 8-9 October 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

This 2nd conference, hosted by the Ministry of Health of Portugal, is an event organised in the frame of of the Luxembourgish EU Presidency.


The aim of the conference is to discuss and raise awareness on the state of the art on the organisation of highly specialised networks and centres of expertise across the EU, to present the draft assessment manual and toolbox to be used for assess the Network proposals and to help prepare Health Care Providers for the call for proposals of European Reference Networks that the Commission will launch.


The conference aims to bring together, highly specialised healthcare providers, experts, national authorities, decision-makers, patient and professional organisations and other interested stakeholders.


The conference will focus on the implementation of European Reference Networks and facilitate the exchange of information and expertise on establishing and assessing such Networks. It will look into the next steps of the deployment process, in preparation for the forthcoming call for European Reference Networks in 2016.

For more information and details on the conference programme (137 KB).

The conference will also be broadcasted live the day of the conference.


The registration is mandatory and (based on space availability) will be open until the 15th September 2015. You are invited to register, using the dedicated online form.

Due to a limited event capacity, DG SANTE will accept a selected number of participants keeping a balance of the representation of the different interested stakeholders and Member States. After a selection process by DG SANTE, you will receive a confirmation email with further practical information. Do not book any flight/accommodation before being sure to be accepted.

Contact / questions

  • When: 8th October 2015, until 9th October 13h00.
  • Registration: The deadline for registering expires on the 15th September or earlier if full booked.
  • Contact: [email protected]
  • Web streaming: The entire conference will be web streamed. More information will be available on this page the day of the conference.
  • Venue: Hotel Marriott, Lisbon.
  • Travel and Accommodations: Please note that travel and accommodation expenses will be at participants’ expense. No costs will be covered by the EC.