European and International Partners

As the leading palliative care membership organisation in Europe, the EAPC has close working relationships with a number of key International and European organisations.  

European Cancer Organisation

The EAPC is proud to be a member of the European Cancer Organisation. 

The European Cancer Organisation aims to reduce the burden of cancer, improve outcomes and the quality of care for cancer patients, through multidisciplinarity and multiprofessionalism.

As the not-for-profit federation of member organisations working in cancer at a European level, the European Cancer Organisation convenes oncology professionals and patients to agree policy, advocate for positive change and speak up for the European cancer community.

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International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC) 

The IAHPC aim to improve the quality of life of adults and children with life-threatening conditions and their families by: 

  • Facilitating and supporting palliative care training at all levels of healthcare systems; 
  • Providing guidance and technical assistance with palliative care policy, advocacy, clinical guidelines, and service implementation, including assistance to governments and non-governmental organizations; 
  • Fostering palliative care research and evidence-based practice; 
  • Facilitating collaboration between hospice and palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals. 

Each year the IAHPC award Travelling Scholarships. The goal of the traveling scholarship programme is to provide financial assistance to palliative care professionals to attend events that will enable them to improve palliative care in their settings. The ultimate aim is to lead to better and adequate policies and/or institutional norms, increased access to palliative care as well as access to essential medicines for pain relief and palliative care. 

For more information about the IAHPC and the Travelling Scholarships click here 


Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance 

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) is an international non-governmental organisation focusing exclusively on hospice and palliative care development worldwide. We are a network of national and regional hospice and palliative care organisations and affiliate organisations. 

We believe that no-one with a life-limiting condition, such as cancer, organ failure, or HIV, should live and die with unnecessary pain and distress. Our vision is a world with universal access to hospice and palliative care. Our mission is to foster, promote and influence the delivery of affordable, quality palliative care. 

Dr Julie Ling, EAPC CEO is currently chair of the WHPCA. 

For more information on the work of the WHPCA click here 


Council of Europe 

The Council of Europe advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. It has launched campaigns on issues such as child protection, online hate speech, and the rights of the Roma, Europe’s largest minority. The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. Its group of constitutional experts, known as the Venice Commission, offers legal advice to countries throughout the world. 

The EAPC has a special relationship with the Council of Europe and enjoys the status of being “Recognised by the Council of Europe’. This participatory status has been awarded to 400 NGOs and aims to increase active participation in the policies and the work programme of the Council of Europe, and to reinforce co-operation between the Council of Europe and the various associations in member States.  

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Civil Society Forum on Drugs 

The Civil Society Forum on Drugs (CSF) is a broad platform for a structured dialogue between the Commission and the European civil society which supports policy formulation and implementation through practical advice. 

The CSF, whose constituency changes every 2 or 3 years with the possibility of new candidates, has around 40 members, representing different stakeholders and different policy options. The members of the Forum have drug-related activities as the core focus of their agenda, covering different aspects (e.g. treatment, prevention, social reintegration…). Most of them are established in the form of transnational networks covering a number of eligible countries. Both the geographical balance and the balance between different areas of activities in the drugs field are ensured by the network. 

The forum is chaired by the Commission, which finances and organises its meetings and ensures continuity of its work. A “core group” contributes to the preparation of documents, agendas of the meetings and animates discussions and coordinates the work of members, also in between the meetings. The work is divided between working groups; the present Forum has four working groups: on quality standards on drugs demand reduction, institutional relations with the EU and international structures, input in EU drug strategy and action plan and civil society engagement in national drug policies. 

EAPC Ex-Board member David Oliver has been a member of the CSF for the past three years (2015-2018) and has recently been reappointed for a further three-year term (2018-2021). 

For more information on the work of the Civil Society Forum on Drugs click here 


European Academy of Neurology

The EAN European Academy of Neurology is the home for European neurologists. The membership consists of 47 European national neurological societies and many individuals, representing over 24.000 neurologists. EAN has ongoing educational programmes, grants, teaching courses and online learning tools. Regional Teaching Courses are organised in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.  More on EAN can be found here 

The EAPC and EAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2016.  The memorandum recognises the special relationship between the two organisations and also enables cross-organisational projects and working.  The EAPC Reference Group on Neurology is an example of this working. 

Floriani Foundation

The Floriani family have played a key role in the development of palliative care in Italy and across the world. They initiated the Floriani Foundation in 1978 following the loss of Virgilio’s brother, Bruno, who had died of cancer. Their experience made them aware that there was nobody involved in healthcare in Italy, nor in many other parts of the world, that had any idea about palliative care as a response to the needs of patients with incurable disease.  

Together with Vittorio Ventafridda at the National Cancer Institute of Milan, the Floriani family started a programme to enable the development of palliative care services, and to build and disseminate knowledge and promote research. Funded by the Floriani Foundation, the first home care service for patients with advanced cancer started in Milan in 1980 and developed into what later became known as the ‘Milan Floriani model’. Two years later in 1982, at the Villa d’Este, the Floriani Foundation hosted the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for cancer pain relief resulting in the WHO analgesic ladder. 

Learn more about the Floriani Foundation here 

and here:A tribute Mrs Loredana Floriani – A woman who contributed to the development of palliative care; a tribute 

The EAPC is extremely grateful to the Floriani Foundation who kindly sponsor The Floriani Award Lecture at each EAPC World Congress. 

Details of these lectures from can be found here 

International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) 

The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) is a worldwide network of individuals and agencies working with children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.  

The ICPCN advocates for children’s palliative care to be acknowledged and respected as a unique discipline within health care systems and provided by suitably trained and qualified people to all children with incurable or life-threatening conditions and their families, regardless of where they live in the world. ICPCN promotes the concept that the care of babies, children, adolescents and young adults who face a shortened lifespan should include services, therapies and medications that will reduce pain and suffering and encompass all their physical, social, emotional, spiritual and developmental needs and that of their families, allowing for the best possible quality of life. 

ICPCN CEO, Professor Julia Downing, is a member of the EAPC Paediatric Palliative Care Task Force 

More information on the ICPCN can be found at: 

Palliative Care Network (PCN)

Palliative Care Network (PCN) is a grassroots movement that provides an online platform for palliative care professionals from across the globe to connect and collaborate. Its projects are endorsed by various regional and international organizations. Through its online poster exhibitions and conferences, endorsed by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), PCN has made an impact on millions of lives worldwide by educating palliative care clinicians. This is a volunteer led initiative and we invite professionals from our field to participate and contribute to the alleviation of suffering worldwide. Share the gift of knowledge.  

More information on the Palliative Care Network can be found here 

The Foundation for Palliative Care Education (PACED)

logo of the Foundation for Palliative Care EducationPACED – the Foundation for Palliative Care Education – was formed in 2017 to support the development of high quality palliative care in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). While education is at the heart of PACED’s work, we are involved in a range of activities to help palliative care reach all those who need it.

PACED is developing a range of programmes in several areas: to support the professional development of health and care workers to develop their knowledge, attitudes and skills in providing palliative care; to help raise standards of palliative care teaching in undergraduate, postgraduate and specialist settings; and to support targeted palliative care development initiatives in focus countries. Across all these areas, we encourage and support cooperation and joint learning between countries in EECA. 

For more information about PACED click here.