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New members in ERN BOND

On 1 January 2022, 620 new members will join the European Reference Networks, as unanimously approved by the ERN Board of Member States. As a result of the current call there will be nearly 1,500 ERN units in 27 Member States and Norway. The European Reference Network on Rare Bone Disorders (ERN BOND) suffered to…

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OIFE at Council of Federations meeting

November 9th and 10th OIFE was represented by Ingunn Westerheim at the Council of Federations (CEF) meeting of EURORDIS – the European umbrella organization for rare conditions. The socalled CEF is a forum where umbrella organizations and federations for rare conditions in Europe come together to learn about news in the European rare disease field…

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Are COVID-19 Vaccines safe?

We bring you the following message from European Medicines Agency (EMA): “The EMA needs many detailed studies to confirm that a vaccine is safe, provides adequate protection and is of suitable quality. As a public-health body safeguarding medicines in the European Union (EU), EMA will only approve a vaccine for COVID-19 after a thorough evaluation…

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Council of Federations meeting

One or two times a year, members of OIFE’s Executive Committee attend the Council of European Rare Disease Federations (CEF) in EURORDIS. On November 26th and 27th Ingunn and Bruno attended the Zoom-meeting, where more than 90 people from all over Europe took part. Topics included Rare Disease Week 2021, ERNs, Access to therapies, EU…

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LAUNCH OF EURR-BONE

Today was the official launch & kickoff of the the European Registry for Rare Bone and Mineral Conditions (EuRR-Bone), which is funded by the European Union’s Health Programme. OIFE was represented by Rebecca Tvedt Skarberg (ERN BOND ePAG). EuRR-Bone’s aim is to create a high-quality, patient-centered registry for rare bone and mineral conditions including OI…

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EMA & EURORDIS Summer School

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) was founded in 1995, and since then has worked across the EU and globally to protect public and animal health by assessing medicines and by providing independent, science based information on medicines. In 2000, patient representatives joined for the first time as members of one of EMA’s scientific committees. Today,…

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New members of ERN BOND

The call for healthcare providers to join the 24 existing European Reference Networks closed in December 2019. A total of 841 applications for ERN membership were received. 29 applications were submitted for becoming a member of the ERN for rare bone diseases (ERN BOND). Please check the latest updates for the applicants on the EU…

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CEF-meeting in Brussels

On November 8th Céu Barreiros (treasurer) represented OIFE at the Council of Federations-meeting in Brussels hosted by EURORDIS. The Council of European Rare Disease Federations (CEF) provides a platform for the exchange of experiences and information across federations working for different diseases or group of diseases. The council also allow federations to work together on…

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ERNs – CALL FOR NEW FULL MEMBERS

From October 1st 2019 the European Reference Networks (ERNs) are opening a call for applications for new full members. The call is open until 30th of November 2019. The healthcare providers in Europe have two months from today to apply to become a member of one of the 24 ERNs, including ERN BOND which OI…

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