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EPF Congress 2019 - Advancing meaningful patient involvement: A path to more effective health systems

Be part of the first ever European Congress on patient involvement driven by leading representatives of the patient community, and patient experts, in the capital of the European Union.

The European Patients’ Forum has been representing patients’ voices in a united and influential way over the past 15 years to drive better health in Europe. This event will provide an exceptional opportunity for dialogue, engagement with a wide range of health players who aspire to make patient involvement a reality. Together, we will explore why this will lead to better outcomes for patients and society, and how we can achieve this in practice across the European Union.


The event's High-level speakers
Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson

About the EPF Congress

About the EPF Congress

3 inspiring days

Join us for three days of learning, exploring, testing ideas and co-creating solutions. This Congress is dedicated to exchanging ideas and good practice in patient empowerment and involvement, moving forward on the much-needed policy commitments in this area, gaining a greater and genuine understanding of the wealth of experiential knowledge and expertise that patients bring to health systems’ design and strengthening, and much more.

9 high-level advisers

A high-level advisory board composed of 9 experts from the NGO, governmental, academic and healthcare industry sectors are assisting EPF with strategic advice to ensure the lasting impact of the event. These ambassadors, with their diverse and rich backgrounds, will help tell the story of why patient involvement is a strategic imperative for all health stakeholders and how we can progress on this more effectively.

300 expected participants

Subscribe to the newsletter and make sure you register on time (limited capacity). The Congress is aimed at a wide audience of patient representatives, policy makers, health systems experts, healthcare profession representatives, academics, regulatory and HTA experts, health insurance providers and industry representatives, from Europe and beyond. This diversity will ensure a rich and dynamic discourse and exchange of ideas.

150 million patients

With 72 members, the European Patients’ Forum represents the interests of an estimated 150 million people with chronic diseases. We are the collective influential patient voice on European health and related policies and a driving force to advance patient empowerment and equitable patient access to care in Europe.


The event's Ambassadors
Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Hope to see you again next time!

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Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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