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European reference networks: approval of UK healthcare providers

Explains the approval criteria for UK healthcare providers that want to join a European reference network.

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The UK is a recognised leader in research on rare diseases, their treatment and care for those affected. The diagnosis, treatment and management of rare diseases requires collaboration at all levels. The establishment of European reference networks (ERN) supports collaboration in Europe.

More information on the submission, assessment and approval of ERN membership applications is available on the European Commission website.