The ERNs help patients with rare or low-prevalence complex diseases. A disease is defined as rare when it affects fewer than one in 2 000 people, is serious, chronic and often life-threatening. Between 5.000 and 8.000 of rare diseases affect the daily life of around 30 million people in the EU.
ERNs’ virtual consultations are carried out through the CPMS system, these advisory boards follow a series of steps listed below. Experts across Europe are invited to collaborate giving advice in consultation panels in the diagnosis or treatment of low prevalence and complex conditions