EULAR mission statement

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) is the organisation which represents the people with arthritis/rheumatism, health professionals (HPR) and scientific societies of rheumatology of all the European nations.
The aims of EULAR are to reduce the burden of rheumatic diseases on the individual and society and to improve the treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal diseases.
To this end, EULAR fosters excellence in education and research in the field of rheumatology. It promotes the translation of research advances into daily care and fights for the recognition of the needs of people with musculoskeletal diseases by the governing bodies in Europe.
EULAR is a non-profit scientific and educational association according to Swiss law; it is recognized as a tax-exempt charity by the tax authorities of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland.

RMD definitions

EULAR description: Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs)
For immediate use
Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) are a diverse group of diseases that commonly affect the joints, but can also affect the muscles, other tissues and internal organs. There are more than 200 different RMDs, affecting both children and adults. They are usually caused by problems of the immune system, inflammation, infections or gradual deterioration of joints, muscle and bones. Many of these diseases are long term and worsen over time. They are typically painful and Iimit function. In severe cases, RMDs can result in significant disability, having a major impact on both quality of life and life expectancy.

The EULAR Family

Read about the EULAR Member Organisations and EULAR Activities! 

The EULAR 70th Anniversary Timeline

In 2017, EULAR was celebrating its 70th anniversary. To mark this occassion, it has produced a 70th anniversary timeline, which charts the association's history from when it began in 1947 through to the present day. Read the interactive timeline here.

Related information

EULAR By-laws

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EULAR Code of Ethics

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Alliance for Biomedical Research in

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Financial Report

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WHO recognition 

The importance of promoting musculoskeletal health to prevent and treat the greatest cause of disability in Europe. Read more

Questions and Answers on RMDs

Factsheet: Read more

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