The first ERNs were launched in March 2017, involving more than 900 highly-specialised healthcare units from over 300 hospitals in 26 Member States. The 24 established networks are now developing their joint activities on rare and complex diseases. Once this structure has been put into place the opportunity is expected to arise to create more ERNs and for RCs to join existing ERNs.
- A call for Reference Centers to join existing networks is expected to be opened in the first semester of 2018.
- A call for new ERNs should be launched in the incoming years, but it is not expected before 2019.
Any updates regarding a future call for both ERNs and RCs will be posted on DG Sante ERN and on the Endo-ERN website.