The healthcare providers in Europe have two months from today to join existing ERNs to apply to become a member of one of the 24 Networks. The call is an opportunity to enlarge the geographical coverage of the existing Networks, particularly from those Member States that are currently less represented. Thanks to the call, new diseases will also be taken into account, enlarging the range of possible conditions and patients to be treated in the framework of the current Networks.
The applicants can find all the relevant information on a dedicated webpage, and shall submit their application through a specific IT tool provided on this website. There are two manuals published on the website that provide a guidance to the applicants on the use of the on-line application form and on the assessment and the application process. FAQs are available to answer to the most frequent concerns.
Applicants are requested to read additional documentation. The "ERN Assessment manual for applicants: operational criteria for the assessment of Healthcare Providers" describes the conditions for a successful application according to Commission Delegated Decision 2014/286/EU and the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1269 of 26 July 2019. The purpose of the operational criteria is to provide a common framework to assess Healthcare Providers' compliance with this legislation. The "Specific criteria" contain an overview of the scope, criteria and thresholds of the diseases covered by each of the 24 ERNs that applicants are required to fulfil.