european psychiatric association


The EPA is the most visible psychiatric association in Europe, basing its growth on the development of collaborative projects with other major psychiatric European and international organisations.

European Organisations

Council of Europe
Strasbourg, France
The Council of Europe is an organisation operating outside of the European Union (EU) infrastructures.
It promotes human rights, freedom of expression and of the media, and launches various campaigns
promoting these causes, such as calling for child protections or condemming online hate speech.
The Council also helps member states fight corruption and terrorism.
The Council of Europe and the EPA
The EPA has had a consultative status at the Council of Europe since 1989 (replaced by
a participatory status in 2003). The Council of Europe regularly gives its patronage for the annual
EPA Summer School.

European Brain Council (EBC)
Brussels, Belgium
The EBC is a non-profit organisation gathering patient associations, major brain-related societies
as well as industries. Established in March 2002 and based in Brussels, its mission is to promote brain research
in order to improve the quality of life of those living with brain disorders in Europe.
The EBC and the EPA
The EPA has been a scientific member of the EBC since 2006, participated in the EBC Board meeting in 2015,
and jointly hosted and organised a networking cocktail in 2017 with the EBC. Both associations also
worked together, with other partners, on the Value of Treatment study.

European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)
Utrecht, The Netherlands
The ECNP is committed to ensuring that advances in the understanding of brain function and human
behaviour are translated into better treatments and enhanced public health.
ECNP and the EPA
The ECNP and the EPA have regular exchanges of symposia at each others’ annual congresses.

European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT)
Brussels, Belgium
The EFPT is an independent federation of psychiatric trainee associations officially recognised
by the European Board of Psychiatry and European Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
The EFPT and the EPA
The EFPT is a long-time partner of the EPA and has been an Associate Organisation Member of the EPA since 2013.

European Medecines Agency (EMA)
London, UK
The EMA is a decentralised entity from the EU and is responsible for the evaluation,
supervision and safety monitoring of medecines in the EU.
The EMA and the EPA
The EMA has worked with the EPA in the past regarding medical consultations among members.

European Scientific Association on Schizophrenia and other Psychoses (ESAS)
Zurich, Switzerland
The main goal of the ESAS is to encourage cross-border exchanges and cooperation in order
to promote research policy with regards to psychoses.
The ESAS and the EPA
The two associations organised a joint symposium at the European Conference
on Schizophrenia Research in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI)
Leuven, Belgium
The EUFAMI aims at improving care and welfare for people affected by mental illness.
The organisation also gives the opportunity to its members to act on a European level.
The EUFAMI and the EPA
The EUFAMI is regularly invited to participate in the EPA’s annual congress. An MoU was signed in 2016.

Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN-Europe)
Brussels, Belgium

GAMIAN Europe represents the interests of people suffering from mental illness in Europe, and advocates for their rights.
GAMIAN and the EPA GAMIAN is regularly invited to participate in the EPA’s annual congress. An MoU was signed in 2016 and since March 2018 GAMIAN has an ex-officio membership at the EPA Board.

European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Brussels, Belgium
The UEMS is a non-governmental organisation representing national associations of medical specialists
in the EU and in represented countries.
The UEMS and the EPA
The EPA and the UEMS have had mutual representation of delegates at internal meetings since 2009,
share the leadership of a Joint Task Force on Education, dispensed Psychotherapy courses
in Croatia in 2015, and have regular annual joint meetings.

Mental Health Europe (MHE)
Brussels, Belgium
Mental Health Europe is a European non-governmental network organisation committed to the promotion
of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy
for social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)users of mental health services,
persons with psychosocial disabilities, their families and carers.
MHE and the EPA
MHE and the EPA are involved in many joint activities at EU level, such as Joint Statements,
Calls to Actions, etc.

International Organisations

African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professions (AAPAP)
The AAPAP promotes training in mental health care and cross-border research, and identifies areas in most
urgent need of psychiatric care.
The AAPAP and the EPA
An MoU was signed in 2016.

Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA)
Tokyo, Japan
The AFPA regroups different national Asian psychiatric associations with the goal of achieving excellence in psychiatric care on the represented continents.
The AFPA and the EPA
An MoU was signed in 2016.

The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)
Melbourne, Australia
The RANZCP is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and Zew Zealand.
The RANZCP and the EPA
An MoU was signed in 2016.

Senior International Health Association (SIHA)
Brussels, Belgium 
The SIHA is federation that regroups European and international associations that promote access to quality
care for elderly people, with the aim of coordinating actions for health and promoting objective interests
for the protection of both patients and health systems.
The SIHA and the EPA
And MoU was signed in 2016.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Geneva, Switzerland
The WHO works on a gloabal scale with countries and offices all across the world in order to attain the highest
level of health possible for the global population.
The WHO and the EPA
The WHO Mental Health representative is regularly invited as an observer at EPA Council of NPAs meetings. EPA members also routinely participate in WPA meetings, often serving as experts.

World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
Geneva, Switzerland
The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies that aims to increase the knowledge and skills
necessary to work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill.
WPA and the EPA
The WPA zonal representative for Europe is a regularly invited observer at EPA Council of NPAs meetings. EPA signed the “Bill of rights for persons with mental illness” with WPA in 2015.

National Organisations

American Association for Emergency Psychiatry (AAEP)
Parker (Colorado), USA
The AAEP acts as a spokes-organisation for emergency psychiatry and educates the public and health professionals
about crisis and emergency psychiatric care.
The AAEP and the EPA
The AAEP has been an Associate Organisation Member since 2016.

Association of Judicial Psychiatrists of Slovakia (ASPS)
Trencin, Slovakia
The ASPS is a national psychiatric association that aims to harmonise psychiatric care and education within Slovakia.
The ASPS and the EPA
The ASPS has been an Associate Organisation Member since 2014.