Our Cooperation and Partnership

In accordance with its working methodology and approach EFCCA is actively collaborating with many associations, in order to create synergy and develop common projects.



ECCO is a fast growing and highly active non-profit association focusing on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), acting inside Europe and encouraging collaborations beyond Europe’s borders representing the medical profession.




At the ECCO Congress in Prague, 2010, the N-ECCO Committee has introduced a new educational activity tailored for IBD Nurses. With this new initiative ECCO intends to give young nurses, who might still be in training and have an interest in IBD, the possibility to attend an IBD focused course. The aim of this programme is to ultimately improve nurse education throughout Europe and beyond.




The European Disability Forum is an independent NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. EDF is the only European platform run by persons with disabilities and their families. We are the front runner for disability rights. We are the voice of persons with disabilities in Europe.



European Patient Foundation  EPF

EPF was founded in 2003 to become the collective patients’ voice at EU level, manifesting the solidarity, power and unity of the EU patients’ movement. EPF currently represent 51 patients organisations – which are chronic disease specific patient organisations operating at EU level and national coalitions of patients organisations.



Health First Europe  HFE

Health First Europe is a non-profit, non-commercial alliance of patients, healthcare workers, academics and healthcare experts and the medical technology industry. It aims to ensure that equitable access to modern, innovative and reliable medical technology and healthcare is regarded as a vital investment in the future of Europe. It calls for truly patient-centred healthcare and believes that every European citizen should benefit from the best medical treatments available.



IBD Research Foundation

The IBD Research Foundation was established in 2008 as an initiative of EFCCA, in order to help EFCCA associations serve their members who would like to contribute to research.  Fundraising efforts focus on associations which do not have their own fundraising organization, making available funds for research which otherwise would not have been available.  The Foundation is open to collaboration with other organizations which support IBD research, in order to support larger IBD research projects together. By supporting IBD related research, the foundation aims to improve IBD treatment and thus contribute to a better quality of life of people with IBD. The ultimate aim of the foundation remains to conquer Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis by finding a cure.  



IAPO is a unique global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare around the world. Our members are patients' organizations working at the international, regional, national and local levels to represent and support patients, their families and carers. A patient is a person with any chronic disease, illness, syndrome, impairment or disability.




The UEG is a professional medical non-profit organisation comprising all of the major European societies with an interest in disease of the digestive system, including the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestine and bowel. The European societies that make up the Federation include medicine, surgery, paediatrics, GI oncology and endoscopy. UEG is the most comprehensive organisation of this kind in the world and our affiliated societies represent over 22.000 European specialists.