european psychiatric association

Scientific Partners

EPA collaboration with European institutions and bodies



Council of Europe (consultative status)
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 Medecines Agency (EMA) (scientific collaboration)
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 is often working with the EPA regarding medical consultations among members.



European Parliament (Interest Group on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Brain Disorders) 
Brussels, Belgium
Strasbourg, France 

The European Parliament is an important forum for political debate and decision-making at the EU level. The Members of the European Parliament are directly elected by voters in all Member States to represent people’s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are working democratically.

The European Parliament and the EPA
The EPA is involved in meetings of the European Parliament’s Interest Group on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Brain disorders.


EPA Partners in Europe

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. Together, the EPA and EFPT share the leadership of a joint Task Force on Education and also collaborated on a joint video project in 2016 aiming at promoting a postive image of psychiatry. The EFPT has been an Associate Organisation Member of the EPA since 2013.


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 joint symposium at the European Conference on Schizophrenia Research for several years (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 and  since May 2018 EUFAMI has an ex-officio membership at the EPA Board.


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.

EPA Partners Worldwide



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 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.

Associate 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.