Mission Statement

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


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


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.

Core Values:

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

Strategic Objectives

To enable the EAPC to promote the development of high quality palliative care in Europe and beyond, the EAPC strategic objectives are to:

  1. Support global advocacy organisations and other initiatives seeking to develop palliative care in resource poor countries around the world
  2. Be a strong, successful and sustainable European membership organisation focused on palliative care
  3. Through education to increase awareness, knowledge and skills related to palliative care for health care workers, the public and volunteers
  4. Improve and strengthen the ways we engage with our members
  5. Support and disseminate research and development on all aspects of palliative care
  6. Support and promote the development and integration of palliative care in countries throughout Europe
  7. Support the development and progression of palliative care education for all of those working in palliative care
  8. 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
  9. Facilitate the ongoing development of palliative care leadership nationally and internationally
  10. Collaborate effectively with affiliated organisations and seek opportunities to foster new collaborations and partnerships
The EAPC values diversity and is committed to being a fully inclusive organisation. You can read our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Policy here