Duration: September 2014 – May 2017
Funding Programme: tender project (reference: EAHC/2013/D2/027) financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante)



The tender aimed to take action and create a platform of experts in self-care. The ultimate goal was to put in place a framework for action to enhance this type of care at EU level and develop strategies to support the broader implementation.


The objective was to create a platform of experts in self-care, including representatives of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, insurers, patient groups, consumers, academics, the self-medication industry and communication experts as well as other relevant stakeholders with experience in policy making both at EU and national levels.

In practice

Work Packages included:

  • WP1     Guideline on the promotion of self-care
  • WP2     Guideline on the development and production of communication tools
  • WP3     Report proposing actions and collaborations on self-care at EU level
  • WP4     Closing conference
  • WP5     Creating a platform of experts in self-care.


  • A guideline for promotion of self-care
  • A guideline for the development and production of communication tools.
  • A report proposing policy actions on self-care at EU level
  • A closing/concluding conference in Brussels


Leader: Danish Committee for Health Education (DCHE)

  • Centro Ricerca e Formazione (CEREF)
  • Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
  • Chalmers University (CU)
  • European Health Futures Forum (EHFF)
  • European Network on Patient Empowerment (ENOPE)
  • European Patients‘ Forum (EPF)
  • European Platform for Patients‘ Organisations, Science and Industry (Epposi)
  • Avedis Donabedian Institute, Autonomous University of Barcelona (FAD)
  • Masaryk University (MU)
  • Barbara Kutryba Qveritas Doradztwo (Qveritas)
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • University of Maastricht (UM)
  • University of Kosice (UPJS)

CPME’s role

CPME was responsible with the report proposing policy actions on self-care at EU level. Dr Jacques de Haller, CPME President and Rapporteur on Self-care, represented CPME in the platform of experts.