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What is a ERN?

European Reference Networks (ERNs), bring together highly specialised healthcare providers from different EU Member States in areas where expertise is rare.

By pooling knowledge and expertise across the EU, they will facilitate access to diagnosis, treatment and provision of affordable, high-quality and cost-effective healthcare in these areas. ERNs will also serve as focal points for medical training and research, information dissemination and healthcare evaluation.

The intention is not to create new providers, but rather to link existing highly specialised providers.

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