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Mission Statement

The European Association for Palliative Care is a membership organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of palliative care throughout Europe



One voice, one vision.  A world without preventable suffering where those with life-threatening illnesses and their families have timely access to high quality palliative care as an integral part of the healthcare system.



To influence, promote and advocate for the delivery of high quality palliative care across the life span by fostering and sharing palliative care research, policy, education and evidence-based practice.

Core Values


Strive for excellence in palliative care
Value interdisciplinary working and representation
Respect diversity
Work collaboratively

Definition of palliative care (English)


Palliative care is the active, total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Palliative care takes a holistic approach, addressing physical, psychosocial and spitirual care, including the treatment of pain and other symptoms. Palliative care is interdisciplinary in its approach and encompasses the care of the patient and their family and should be available in any location including hospital, hospice and community. 

Palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; it neither hastens nor postpones death and sets out to preserve the best possible quality of life until death.


Strategic objectives

For the EAPC to:

  1. Be a strong, successful and sustainable European membership organisation focused on palliative care
  2. Increase awareness, knowledge and skills related to palliative care for health care workers, the public and volunteers
  3. Improve and strengthen the ways we engage with our members.
  4. Support and disseminate research and development on all aspects of palliative care.
  5. Support the growth and integration of palliative care in countries throughout Europe
  6. Support the development and progression of palliative care education for all of those working in palliative care
  7. Acknowledge the importance of the role of palliative care policy development and be an effective and powerful advocate for access to, and improvement of palliative care throughout Europe
  8. Facilitate the ongoing development of palliative care leadership nationally and internationally
  9. Collaborate effectively with affiliated organisations and seek opportunities to foster new collaborations and partnerships
  10. Support global advocacy organisations and other initiatives seeking to develop palliative care in resource poor countries around the world
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