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The Call for new members joining European Reference Networks has closed with 40 applications for EuroBloodNet

The Call for new members joining European Reference Networks has closed with 40 applications for EuroBloodNet

2019-12-11
The Call for new members joining European Reference Networks has closed with 40 applications for EuroBloodNet

The ERN call for membership gives the possibility to the clinical units of European hospitals with appropriate expertise to join the current networks. The full assessment process will now commence and is expected to last a year

The call for healthcare providers to join the 24 existing European Reference Networks has been opened from 30 September to 30 November 2019, allowing the submission of 841 applications for new members from healthcare units across the Member States and Norway. For ERN-EuroBloodNet a total of 40 applications for new members from 12 Member States have been received. 

The assessment of the application consists of several steps.

  • First, the European Commission will conduct an eligibility check of all submitted applications, which will take about a month and a half.
  • Then, the Board of the ERNs will have up to three months to assess all the eligible applications for their Network. In the case of an unfavourable opinion, the applicant will have a month to respond to the comments. The Board of the ERN will then issue its final opinion within one month.
  • Afterwards, the applications with favourable ERN decisions will be provided to the Independent Assessment Body that will have up to six months to conduct an independent assessment.
  • The final phase is formal approval of each candidature by the ERN Board of Member States, which will take up to two months.

Next steps for the applicants to follow the application include the possibility to access a platform called "SANTE ERN HCP Application Status platform" directly from the SANTE Data Collection Platform which holds their ERN application. Within the SANTE ERN HCP Application Status platform the applicants will be able to follow the status of their application and to provide additional elements whenever this will be required.

It should be emphasized that the final number of new members will only be known at the end of the whole assessment process, which is expected to be at the end of 2020.


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