2023 – 2024 Patient Expert Training Programme – Registrations Open

2023 – 2024 Patient Expert Training Programme – Registrations Open
Patients group
Member News

We are delighted to open registrations for the next cohort of future EUPATI Fellows. Our training is about the medicines development process and tailored for patients and patient representatives (e.g. caregivers and people working in patient organisations).

What is the EUPATI Patient Expert Training Programme?

The EUPATI Patient Expert Training Programme is a training programme about the medicines’ development process. It covers the entire lifecycle of medicines research and development (R&D) (see roadmap here), from design and execution of research projects and clinical trials to regulatory processes and Health Technology Assessment (HTA). In addition to detailed information on each step of the process, the training also describes how patients can be involved at each stage.

The overall objective of the programme is to obtain a thorough understanding of the medicines R&D process, the patients’ role within and build capacity among the patient community to take on an active role in collaboration with the other involved stakeholders.

Graduates of the EUPATI Patient Expert Programme (sometimes also referred to as EUPATI Fellow Programme) are also known as EUPATI Fellows or Alumni. The EUPATI Fellow title certifies the knowledge gained and gives graduates the opportunity to be recognised as expert patients.

Who can participate?

While the programme is mainly addressed to patients and patient representatives (e.g., careers and persons working for patient organisations), it is open to all individuals interested in medicines R&D and patient engagement.

The programme does not focus on any specific disease area examples and case studies are provided from a variety of different disease areas.

The only requirement for enrolment is a good proficiency of English, as the training is provided in English.

Programme Timeline

Registration Process

Everyone is welcome to participate and register for the programme.  Registration for the 2023-2024 Programme is now open. 

The registration deadline for the 2023-24 Programme is 31 October or when the maximum of registrations has been reached (on the basis of first arrived, first served).

Please read these Programme Guidelines in full. To register, fill in the registration form. We will ask you to fill in some details and confirm that you wish to participate in EUPATI Patient Expert Training Programme. By clicking on ‘submit’ you will consent to Programme Guidelines as outlined in this document.  

Please read the full Patient Expert Training Programme Guidelines 2023-2024 before you register to the programme.

(For cohort 6 Patient Expert Training Programme Guidelines 2022-2023).

How is the EUPATI Patient Expert Training Programme structured?

The programme is a blended training in which participants take 6 online modules (containing 27 courses in total) and attend 2 face-to-face events (1 virtual and 1 in-person). Completing the full programme usually takes 12-14 months.

While the courses and modules can be taken in any order, learners need to have completed the modules Getting Started, Introduction to Medicines R&D, Non-Clinical DevelopmentClinical Development before the 1st training event and Regulatory Affairs and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) before the 2nd event.

For more information on the individual courses included in each of the learning modules, please consult Patient Expert Training Programme online course catalogue.

Completing an online course means passing the assessment for each of the individual courses with 70% or higher of correct answers.

Completing an online module means all courses within a module have been completed with a successful assessment.

Completing the training events means reading the training material (sent 1 month in advance of the training date) and attending fully both 4-day programmes as well as active participation in breakout sessions.

Absences in training events are tolerated up to 4 hours over the 4-day Programme. Longer absences and absences for medical reasons need be communicated in a timely manner to EUPATI and justified.

Here you can download the document Patient Expert Training Program Events

Please see below the dates for the two EUPATI Expert Patient Training events, Cohort 2023-24.

Event 1 (online): Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 + Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 April 2024. 

Event 2  (face to face): Monday 21 October to Thursday 24 October 2024, location still to be determined.

IMPORTANT Registered participants are required to complete the first part of the programme before attending the first face-to-face event and to complete the second part of the programme before attending the second face-to-face event and graduation. Not completing the required online learning modules before the training events will result in removing the participant from the ongoing cohort. In such cases, placement on the list for the following cohort can be requested by the participant. Such requests will be reviewed and approved on case-by-case basis.

How much does Patient Expert Training Programme cost?

The costs of the programme are divided in 2 parts:

1. Online learning courses: invoice

Upfront payment of EUR 208 (incl. VAT): corresponding to an 8 EUR fee for each of the 26 courses (1 online course is free of charge). Invoicing: EUPATI will issue an invoice for each participant registered for the Patient Expert Training programme. Completing the payment will ensure participant’s placement in the programme.  In case of participants having completed some parts of the online modules already, invoices for the remaining fees will be issued.

2. Face-to-face events: personal expense

First training event: there are no costs for participants for the first virtual face-to-face event.

Second training event: participants must cover their transportation and accommodation and meals.

Financial Support

Participants are encouraged to contact their patient organisations or their EUPATI national platforms for information about possible avenues for financial support.

Financial support by EUPATI will be made available to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for the in-person training event to a limited number of participants who can prove an economic need or are not able to receive financial support from a patient organisation.

Discover more about EUPATI

EUPATI ( The European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation ) is a non-profit Foundation that provides education that empowers patients to engage and partner with all stakeholders in medicines R&D. EUPATI’s vision is to improve health outcomes by including patients as valued stakeholders in medicines R&D.


Related News

Tackling obesity

8 Jul 2024
Apply for funding to develop effective strategies to tackle overweight and obesity. ‘Tackling obesity’ is open to applications submitted to the Popula...

Cancer research transatlantic development and skills enhancement award 2024

4 Jul 2024
Following the UK-US Cancer Summit, MRC and NIHR, in partnership with NCI, are launching a second competition for the cancer research transatlantic dev...

24/52 Liver Disease (EME Programme)

4 Jul 2024
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting Stage 1 applications to this funding opportunity.

24/50 Efficacy studies seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of women

4 Jul 2024
The Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme is accepting applications to their commissioned workstream.

Small Research Grants

4 Jul 2024
Throughout the year, we consider applications and allocate small amounts of funding for innovative research into neuroblastoma.

24/13 Digital Technology enabled interventions in Social Care commissioning brief

4 Jul 2024
The aim of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is to ensure that high quality research information on the clinical effectiveness, cost-ef...

Become a member

Join ECHAlliance to amplify your organisation’s message, grow your networks, connect with innovators and collaborate globally.
First name *
Last Name *
Email Address *
Country *
Position *
First name *
Last Name *
Email Address *
Country *
Position *