Founding Members


The European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA), founded in 1964, is one of the most rapidly growing medical associations whose purpose is to encourage and report advances in the field of clinical nephrology, dialysis, renal transplantation and related subjects. It is open to all qualified workers in the field of interest of the Association.


ekpf_logoThe European Kidney Patients’ Federation (EKPF/CEAPIR), founded in 1981, is the umbrella organisation for 23 national kidney patients’ associations in Europe. The main aims of CEAPIR are to promote the prevention of kidney disease, establish access to treatment for all European kidney patients and a European quality standard on the treatment of End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), promote the well-being, social security and living conditions of all ESKD patients and their carers, co-operate and exchange information with organisations and bodies involved in renal therapy, and promote organ donation and transplantation.


The European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) is a multidisciplinary organisation of individual members including nurses, technicians, social workers, dieticians, unit managers, transplant co-ordinators and other professionals working with people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), undergoing renal replacement therapy or kidney transplantation. The Association’s mission is to provide educational and research initiatives to assist in the professional development of all renal healthcare professionals and improve the quality of care to those with CKD.


Since 1968, the Dutch Kidney Foundation (Nierstichting Nederland) focuses its activities on kidney patients in the Netherlands. Central goal is improving the quality of life of kidney patients. The Dutch Kidney Foundation supports scientific research into causes, prevention and improved treatment of kidney disease and kidney failure. Furthermore, the Dutch Kidney Foundation is working to improve the quality dialysis treatment and to increase the number of kidney transplantations. More than 50% of the research in the Netherlands is financed by the Foundation.