ABOUT LUPUS EUROPE
Who are we?
LUPUS EUROPE is the European umbrella organisation that brings together national lupus patient organisations from across Europe. We are a non profit independent organisation. We aim to support and empower our national organisation members, sharing information with them and promoting better patient-centred processes, both within the healthcare field and at a political level. We also work tirelessly to improve access to healthcare for all lupus patients, advocating on their behalf at EU level. We use the WHO (World Health Organisation) definition of Europe as a region, rather than a political entity.
Since our humble beginnings, we have grown to represent most of Europe’s main countries which, in turn, represent over 30,000 patients in their respective memberships. We have observed the gradual shift in position, where formerly patients were often side-lined and not thought to be capable of contributing to their own care, to the current-day-thinking which aims for increasing patient involvement and communication at all levels.
LUPUS EUROPE is now considered a valued partner at medical conferences, in European healthcare organisations fighting for wider patients’ rights, and in Europe-wide initiatives aimed at improving healthcare and setting “standards of care” for lupus patients. We see research and clinical trials as key to the future of lupus patients and work with all stakeholders to improve the quality and efficiency of all lupus research.
LUPUS EUROPE is a registered UK charity (803768).
Board of Trustees & Secretariat
The LUPUS EUROPE board is composed of six trustees who are all either lupus patients themselves or relatives of a lupus patient. They all work on an entirely voluntary basis. Working alongside them the part-time secretariat ensures administrative support.
In addition to the usual trustees, LUPUS EUROPE may call on co-opted trustees for specific projects. Again, all co-opted trustees are volunteers.
ETHICS & GOVERNANCE
The three C’s
The Council is made up of the national delegates who represent their individual countries. The delegate is also very often the international person of contact for that country. The Council meets once a year during the annual LUPUS EUROPE convention. The Council is responsible for tasks such as:
- nominating qualified people for election to trustee positions
- electing trustees
- setting annual membership subscription rates for both full and associate member organisations
- deciding on amendments to the constitution, on dissolution or on removal of a trustee
LUPUS EUROPE applies the EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) Code of Good Practice on relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and patients’ organisations. The same Code of Good Practice will be upheld in relation to any funding received from any other source. Please also read our code of conduct for volunteers or trustees.
LUPUS EUROPE’s accounts are audited every year by an independent accountant, whose report is published, together with our financials on the website of the Charities Commission of England and Wales. To find our financial reports of the past 5 years, simply follow this link.
The story so far
The convention unanimously adopted LUPUS EUROPE’s revised Strategic plan, including the creation of Pan-European work groups and a Patient Advisory Network. The new structure will allow for more ambitious goals over the next 5 years.
Lupus Europe invited lupus groups from around the world to join its 2015 convention in Vienna, coinciding with the International Congress on lupus, so that a new World Lupus Federation could be created, uniting people with lupus from every continent.