VASCERN is happy to welcome our second official Affiliated Partner: Univerzitetni klinični Center Ljubljana, from Ljubljana, Slovenia.
This Slovenian Associated National Centre, will be represented by Dr. Tanja PLANINŠEK RUČIGAJ, a dermatologist who will bring her specialized expertise to the Pediatric and Primary Lymphedema Working Group (PPL WG). We were very happy that Dr. RUČIGAJ was able to meet everyone at VASCERN Days 2019 and start collaborating with the other members of the PPL WG.
As a reminder, the designation of “Affiliated Partner” to the ERN was integrated into the ERN legal framework in order to “achieve the widest possible geographical coverage, exchange of knowledge and best practice throughout Europe.”
Affiliated Partners are named by their national governments.
There are 2 types of Affiliated Partners:
- Associated National Centres (mainly healthcare providers) for those ERNs where an EU Member State is not yet represented by a full member in the respective ERN. It establishes a link with one specific ERN.
- A National Coordination Hub which establishes at once a link with more than one Network in which a given Member State is neither represented by a full member nor by an Associated National Centre. National Coordination Hubs may especially represent a useful solution for those Member States with very small populations that need to establish such links with many ERNs at once.
For all documents related to Affiliated Partners see the ERN Board of Member States (BoMS) page here
See the complete list of VASCERN’s full Healthcare Provider members and Affiliated Partners here