National RD plans/strategies

Through the EUCERD Joint Action, the EUCERD is currently building on the outcomes of the EUROPLAN project (2008 – 2011) to provide technical and scientific support for the development and implementation of national plans/strategies for rare diseases in Member States (MS). The Council Recommendation on an action in the field of rare diseases (8 June 2009) recommends that MS elaborate and adopt, by 2013, a national plan or strategy for rare diseases.

This support will provided via :

  • The establishment an interactive network of stakeholders, mainly policy makers, to share experiences and develop;
  • The organisation of annual workshops aimed at developing a capacity-building report, bringing together members of this network to analyse the state of the art, to establish priorities for countries according to their size, GNP, national health system, and to identify feasible indicators for data collection in MS ;
  • The organisation of national conferences by EURORDIS and national patient alliances to support the process of elaboration of national plans/strategies and to assess the transferability of EU policy documents ;
  • A dedicated website to implement and share documents and experiences between MS (



Europlan website :


National Conferences:

Europlan (2008-2011) reports:

Work theme leader:

Domenica Taruscio – Istituto Superiore di Sanità in (Italy)

Domenica Taruscio is a member of the EUCERD and Director of the National Centre of Rare Diseases at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Italy. She was the coordinator of the EUROPLAN project and is currently coordinator of the EPIRARE project. She is also involved in the E-Rare and EUROCAT projects.

EURORDIS, the European Organisation for Rare Diseases, is heading the co-organisation of the national conferences in cooperation with national alliances rare disease patient organisations.


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