European Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products


“It is virtually impossible to help people with rare diseases without collaboration. The rare diseasepatients, caregivers and researchers know it first-hand. This is why I find it very worthy that it is in the centre of the discussion at the ECRD 2018.”

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

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What is ECRD?

ECRD – the European Conference on Rare Diseases & Orphan Products is the largest multi-stakeholder gathering in Europe for the rare disease community covering research, development of new treatments, healthcare, social care, public health policies and support at European, national, regional and international levels.

When and where?

ECRD 2018 will take place on 10-12 May 2018, at Messe Wien Congress Center, Vienna, Austria.

What is on the programme?

“Rare Diseases 360° – collaborative strategies to leave no-one behind” is the overarching theme of ECRD 2018. This theme reinforces the unique quality of this foremost event for the rare disease community in Europe, bringing together and facilitating effective policy discussions between all rare disease stakeholders. It also encompasses the comprehensive range of topic areas covered at the conference and the viewpoint of rare disease patients as equal experts, representing all rare diseases, across borders.

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Why attend this conference?

Learn about the latest advances, challenges, facts, figures and trends in the field of rare diseases with over 100 expert speakers.
Shape policy Shape the future of rare diseases alongside patient advocates, policy-makers, healthcare industry representatives, clinicians, payers, regulators and Member State representatives.
Network and showcase your work to all stakeholders of the rare disease community.

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