European Reference Networks Expert Centres

European Reference Networks

Health systems in the European Union aim to provide high-quality, cost-effective care. This is particularly difficult however, in cases of rare or low-prevalence complex diseases which affect the daily lives of around 30 million EU citizens.

European Reference Networks (ERNs) are virtual networks involving healthcare providers across Europe. They aim to facilitate discussion on complex or rare diseases and conditions that require highly specialised treatment, and concentrated knowledge and resources. Further information on European Reference Networks including video clips; factsheets and information fliers for patients and clinicians is available from the European Commission's ERN website

2019 call for new members

1. Full members

‘The 2019 call for membership to join the existing ERNs opened on 1st September 2019 and closed on 3rd December 2019.  Information about the results of this call will be posted as it becomes available in 2020’. 

2. Associated National Centres

The launch of the call for new full members on 30th September 2019 marked close of the call for Associated National Centres

For further information about the ERN application and designation process in Ireland please feel free to contact the National Clinical Programme for Rare Diseases by emailing