The European Cancer Organisation aims to create and develop ever-strengthening relationships between European institutions and the European cancer care community, and together with our Member Societies, Patient Advisory Committee and networks, facilitate collaboration and consensus on focused topics towards tangible and impactful policy improvement. Read more about the European Cancer Organisation's policy work in our Annual Reports.
The strategic objectives that underpin all our policy activity are:
Read more about our policy approval pathway here.
Just days after the Czech Republic began its six-month mandate as President of the EU Council, it played host to an expert conference on oncology in Brno, Czech Republic. Our Head of Policy Richard Price (left) and President Andreas Charalambous (right) attended.
The quality of cancer care makes a huge difference to patients and their families. It is multidisciplinarity that ensures that there is real teamwork between the healthcare professionals involved in patient care. We have developed a series of papers that advocate for the highest quality standards.read more
The European Code of Cancer Practice (The Code) is a citizen and patient-centred accessible, widely disseminated statement of the core requirements for good clinical cancer practice, in order to improve outcomes for all of Europe’s cancer patients.read more
This open letter (europeancancer.org/screening) has been distributed to representatives of EU Member State governments, officials at the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and representatives from national legislatures with a core interest in cancer policy.Read more
The European Cancer Organisation (ECO) has published a Report: “Put to the Test: Empowering Genomics to Improve Cancer Care and Patient Lives”. Highlighting the opportunities that genomic tumour testing can provide, the report provides recommendations from experts in the field about the ways in which access to such technologies can be improved. The report reflects discussions and debates held within a special high-level roundtable on the subject at the end of 2021.Read more
2021 has exposed the weaknesses and lack of resilience of European healthcare systems with major consequences for cancer care and cancer patients, regrettably not too different from 2020. More than ever, this past year has stressed the need for crucial attention not only to restore cancer services but to build back better and be prepared to face upcoming challenges.Read more
The European Cancer Organisation (ECO) has published a Report: “Making Hope Reality: Action on Treatment and Care for Metastatic Cancer Patients”. The report provides a detailed account of the presentations and contributions shared during a special Community 365 Roundtable Meeting on Metastatic Cancer held in October 2021.Read more
2021 will be remembered for more than Covid-19. Stakeholders gathered at the European Cancer Summit also expressed optimism for the future based on the landmark publication of Europe’s Beating Cancer in February of this year.Read more
As part of the ‘Time To Act’ campaign, the European Cancer Organisation has launched its Data Navigator, making key data on the impact of Covid-19 on cancer available across European countries.Read more
The European Cancer Organisation has published a consensus statement that expresses advice to the EU on how to ensure new recommendations to Member States on detecting cancer early, due to be published in 2022, can have the strongest impact.Read more
The European Cancer Organisation has published a position paper, providing advice to the EU, WHO and national governments on how to harness the power of data and digital for better quality cancer care. The paper conveys consensus from healthcare professionals, patients, and the treatment and service development sector, and other invited experts.Read more
The Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan sets out recommendations for cervical cancer elimination across the EU, including an ambitious goal to offer screening to 90% of the eligible population by 2025. The European Cancer Organisation today publishes a new Position Paper “Self-Sampling and HPV Screening in Europe” with recommendations that will help member states achieve this.Read more
With forthcoming Autumn meetings of the Commission, Member States and Parliament on implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the European Cancer Organisation and Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) have this morning published a fresh consensus policy paper: Comprehensive Cancer Care Across the EU: Advancing the Vision.Read more
In responding to a recent European Commission consultation on the European Health Data Space, the European Cancer Organisation, supported by its Digital Health Network, has expressed its strong support for the concept, envisaging the initiative to achieve many benefits for healthcare, research and policy. However, in responding to the consultation, the European Cancer Organisation emphasised the need to:Read more
40% of cancers are preventable. For this reason, both the European Union and World Health Organization actively support countries in policy propositions that can assist in addressing modifiable cancer risks. But are there opportunities to move faster and go further? A new report by the European Cancer Organisation suggests so. "Primary Prevention: United for Action" summarises a series of recommendations from across the cancer and health community that can be instrumental in saving lives and enabling more people to live lives free from cancer.Read more
What are the core elements of quality cancer care when it comes to treating and caring for prostate cancer patients? What might improved EU policy be able to achieve in this respect?Read more
The European Cancer Organisation welcomes the commitment to producing a new EU Pharmaceutical Strategy, and the accompanying commitment to public consultation on its content.Read more
Responding to the publication of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, Dr Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation, made the following statement applauding these goals:Read more
The Community 365 Roundtable Meeting on Lung Cancer, which took place on 7 December 2020, brought together leading policy-makers, politicians, oncology experts, industry partners and advocates to mark the launch of the European Cancer Organisation Essential Requirements for Quality Cancer Care (ERQCC): Lung cancer, published in the journal Lung Cancer, and to discuss this important area of cancer care.Read more
The Survivorship and Quality of Life Network of the European Cancer Organisation has collated its recommendations to help more cancer patients and survivors achieve a life truly free from cancer and its often under-appreciated impacts.Read more
With many thousands of excess deaths from cancer across Europe now likely as a result of COVID-19 and associated control measures, and in the wake of devastating disruption across all areas of cancer care, the European cancer community has published a ‘7-Point Plan to Address the Urgency and Build Back Better.’Read more
The European Cancer Organisation’s new Action Report It Can Be Done — Beating Inequalities in Cancer Care shines a much needed spotlight on inequity that exists in all parts of cancer care, in all countries in Europe. The report focuses especially on the East-West divide in cancer care, as well as the discrimination that can occur against older cancer patients.Read more
The European Cancer Organisation’s major new report, Viral Protection: Achieving the Possible. A Four Step Plan for Eliminating HPV Cancers in Europe, calls for urgent action to eliminate most of the 87,000 cancer cases caused in men and women by HPV (human papillomavirus) each year across over 50 countries in the WHO European Region.Read more
The European Cancer Organisation was commissioned by the European Parliament to produce a landmark study on the current state of play in Europe’s battle against cancer.Read more
The Report of the Mission Board for Cancer ‘Conquering Cancer: Mission Possible’ is the Mission Board’s proposal to the European Commission for a Mission on Cancer. This Mission outline will be used as a basis for further stakeholder and citizen engagement activities in the remainder of 2020 and define a broad strategy for the Horizon Europe Framework Programme.Read more
We promote and believe in collaboration as a matter of principle. This high level co-operation should exist between oncology healthcare professionals of different disciplines, between health care sectors and with a wider group of stakeholders in public health.
As part of our Mission and Vision, we work as active members of the following alliances:
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, we convene oncology professionals and patients to agree policy, advocate for positive change and be the united voice of the European cancer community.
To be a vibrant, pro-active, focused, relevant and influential federation, working together for a cancer free future, ensuring that every patient has high quality care and treatment, with access to the full range of professionals needed.
To create and develop ever-strengthening relationships between European institutions and the European cancer care community, and with our Member Societies and networks, facilitate collaboration and consensus on focused topics towards tangible and impactful policy improvement.
Our essential and enduring values are:
Find out more about our Strategy for 2020-2023 here.