ELPA's aim is to promote the interests of people with liver disease and in particular:
- to highlight the size of the problem;
- to promote awareness and prevention;
- to address the low profile of liver disease as compared to other areas of medicine such as heart disease;
- to share experience of successful initiatives;
- to work with professional bodies such as EASL and with the EU to ensure that treatment and care are harmonised across Europe to the highest standards.
ELPA emerged from a desire amongst European liver patient groups to share their experiences of the often very different approaches adopted in different countries. In June 2004, 13 patient groups from 10 European and Mediterranean Basin countries met to create the association. ELPA was formally launched in Paris on April 14th 2005 during the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and now has 35 members from 27 countries.