Patient Organisations

Dermatology patient organisations are committed to supporting the needs of people living with diseases and conditions of the skin, hair and nails. Their focus is on connecting patients with each other and providing education and advocacy programmes. They are also the link between patients and highly ranked doctors and researchers in dermatology and venereology.

The collaboration of these two partners - the first giving their day-to-day testimony and concerns, the second providing medical knowledge and experience - is one way in which to develop understanding and reach a higher status, consciousness and clinical care.
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Connecting with other patients like you can be very helpful. The EADV has compiled a non-exhaustive list of patient organisations across Europe that can help you.

AHA! Swiss Allergy Center (available in German, Italian and French)

Swiss centre for Allergy, Skin and Asthma

FPA Allergies (available in French)

Belgian association founded in 1989 by parents of allergic children. The aim is to offer information and support to allergic and asthmatic people.

Patient UK

Comprehensive health information as provided by GPs to patients during consultations


CMTC-OVM is a worldwide non-profit patient organization that aims to improve the quality of life of people suffering from vascular abnormalities (blood vessel abnormalities), such as CMTC (‘Van Lohuizen syndrome’), and stimulate scientific research into these disorders.

Association Française des Dysplasies Ectodermiques

Ectodermale Dysplasie Nederland (in French)

Selbsthilfegruppe Ektodermale Dysplasie e.V. (available in Dutch, English, German and French)

Our maingoal is to connect people with Ectodermal Dysplasia. We organize once a year a conference for adults, and once a year a special playday for children with Ectodermal Dysplasia. To show these children, that they are not the only one. It gives these children confidence. We also negotiate for buying at cooling system companies, all over the world for our members.

Ectodermal Dysplasia Society (in German)

Founded in 1998. At present our society has 176 registered members. Our main task is to provide information for people affected by ED and to physicians, to provide medical advice through our medical advisory board. We constituted a forum for exchanging information and views, we keep a comprehensive bibliography which is provided upon request. The medical advisory board includes various specialists from fields relevant to Ectodermal Dysplasia. Our annual conference is held in different locations in Germany, usually in May, to offer as many families as possible the opportunity to attend. We are member of ACHSE, EURORDIS and orphanet.

National Eczema Society

The National Eczema Society offers support, information and advice for people with eczema and their carers. It is UK based and cannot send hard copies of its information overseas, but a range of information can be downloaded from its website.

ADERMAP - Associação Dermatite Atópica Portugal

ADERMAP - Associação Dermatite Atópica Portugal

Gorlin Syndrome Group

The Gorlin Syndrome Group is organised by patients affected by Gorlin Syndrome (Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome or Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome) and their families, with support from a medical advisory board.

International Herpes Alliance

The International Herpes Alliance (IHA) is a global association of patient support organizations and health professionals concerned about genital herpes. The organization's website provides information about regional support groups, educational material, issues and events of interest to those with genital herpes. All information has been developed using a patient-centred approach.

Herpes Viruses Association

The Herpes Viruses Association is the UK patient support group, created by and for patients -and endorsed by doctors including members of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. The website includes friendly "frequently asked questions"; and a "patient information leaflet" that can be printed off the publication page. A helpline service is available on weekdays. Members receive leaflets and journals and clinics and surgeries can order the comprehensive "Herpes simplex -the Guide" for distribution to patients. Short answers to questions are answered by email.

The Ichthyosis Support Group

The Ichthyosis Support Group (ISG) was formed in 1997 by a group of individuals affected by ichthyosis to create a network of parents, sufferers and medics.

Association for Lichen Sclerosus and Vulval Health

ALSVH offers support and information to women, men and the parents of children who are diagnosed with lichen sclerosus.It aims to relieve the sense of isolation that many patients feel. Support is by the website, e-mail, letter and telephone on a one-to-one basis.

Supportgroep & Stichting Lichen Sclerosus

Dutch Lichen Sclerosus Support foundation. The foundation supports patients diagnosed with lichen sclerosus and organises - every year - a national conference on the last Saturday of October.

Irish Lupus Support Group

Lupus UK

Lupus UK is the national registered charity supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those reaching diagnosis. We presently have some 6,000 members, and 30 Regional Groups who arrange medical talks, publish local newsletters, set up social occasions and organise fundraising events. Lupus UK also provides an informative national magazine with lupus articles, letters, reports and photographs.

The International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO)

The International Alliance of Dermatology Patient Organizations (IADPO), also referred to as Global Skin, is a non-profit organization made up of skin patient associations from around the world.

European Porphyria Initiative / European Porphyria Network

The European porphyria initiative website contains up to date and consensus agreed information on all the porphyrias. Patients are able to download specific information in their own language.

Each year, the World Psoriasis Day is held on 29th October. Click here for further information.

Association Pour la Lutte Contre le Psoriasis (in French)

Deutscher Psoriasis Bund e.V. (in German)

The German Psoriasis Association was established in 1973. Today we have more than 7.000 members. In 35 regional groups, teams of volunteers organize meetings and lectures and help you with your personal problems. Additional we have more than hundred contact persons all over Germany, who are willing to let you take part of their experiences. Our office is the central advice and direction facility where you can get information as well as the phone numbers of our regional groups and contact persons in your area.

Acción Psoriasis (in Spanish)

SPVG (Schweizerische Psoriasis und Vitiligo Gesellschaft) (available in German and French)


PAPAA is independently funded and aims to be a definitive source of information and educational material for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in the UK. To be a support to both patients and professionals by providing material that can be trusted (evidence based), which has been approved and contains no bias or agendas. We will be looking to provide positive advice that enables people to be involved as they move through their healthcare journey in an informed way, which is appropriate for their needs and any changing circumstances.

Federation of European Scleroderma Associations (FESCA)

FESCA acts at a pan-European level to promote and achieve its objectives in alignment with the aims of the national groups it represents. As an umbrella group, FESCA supports its member organizations, while the support of individual sufferers of scleroderma remains the sole remit of national organizations.

Irish Raynaud's & Scleroderma Society

The Irish Raynaud's & Scleroderma Society is a patient support group providing information and help to people with these conditions. The society publishes a Newsletter twice yearly and runs an annual conference in the spring.

Each year, the Euromelanoma Day is organised in the month of May across Europe. Click here for further information. (available in several European languages)

Tuberous Sclerosis Association

Established for over 30 years, The Tuberous Sclerosis Association's aim is to promote awareness, research and the best management of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and support all affected individuals and families. The TSA employs 4 part time TSC advisers who are able to offer support.

The Vitiligo Society

The Vitiligo Society is a registered charity. It is the only organisation which offers support and understanding to people with vitiligo and their families in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Vulval Pain Society

The Vulval Pain Society (VPS) is a confidential service for women who suffer from vulval pain due to vestibulodynia and vulvodynia. It runs 3-4 workshops a year which provide a safe, informal environment for women and their partners to learn more about their condition and to receive support.

Xeroderma Pigmentosum Support Group

The XP Support Group is a UK charitable Trust founded in 1999 by parents of a child with XP. It aims to relieve the needs of persons with Xeroderma Pigmentosum and other related conditions and their families.