Joint EFGCP & DIA: Better Medicines for Children Conference


The joint annual EFGCP-DIA Conference took place on 25-26 October in Brussels.

This year’s edition was especially relevant as it was organised with the aim of taking the stock of the progress achieved in the paediatric field after ten years of Paediatric Regulation and to discuss what could be done to optimise children’s access to new medicines.

Day 1: Experts touched upon the important aspects of enabling access for different paediatric populations and shared experiences from both regulators and patients’ perspectives.

Day 2: Experts focused mainly on the enhancement of effectiveness in paediatric clinical trials including presentations of a number of projects (conect4children, Think Big) and on the importance of collaboration across stakeholders and best practice sharing. In this regard, two SIOP Europe Board Members participated as speakers.

Prof. Gilles Vassal (Institut Gustave Roussy) illustrated the latest achievements of the ACCELERATE Multistakeholder Paediatric Strategy Forum while Prof. Ruth Ladenstein (St. Anna’s Children’s Hospital) provided the latest updates of the European Reference Network including ERN PaedCan.

For more information on ACCELERATE Platform and ERN PaedCan, please visit the official websites: