European Cervical Cancer Associations

ECCA (European Cervical Cancer Association) was founded in 2002 by 15 different organisations from across Europe (EU and non-EU countries) and now has 100 member organisations from 34 countries which include cancer societies, cancer treatment centres, medical associations, university teaching hospitals and patient groups.

ECCA facilitated the creation of Politicians for Cervical Cancer Prevention (PCCP), which was set up in May 2006 in the European Parliament with 36 MEPs. Originally known as the European Cervical Cancer Interest Group, it has since been renamed Politicians for Cervical Cancer Prevention (PCCP) and now includes over 150 politicians from 33 different countries. It is co-chaired by three MEPs, Jolanta Dičkutė (Lithuania, ALDE), Françoise Grossetête (France, EPP) and Glenis Willmott (UK, PSE). ECCA acts as its secretariat.

European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (ECCPW) was launched by ECCA in 2007 and takes place in the third week of January each year. It raises public awareness of cervical cancer prevention. In 2008, 170 events were held by the ECCA's members in 20 different countries across Europe.

In September 2007, the European Commission granted licences to two prophylactic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines: the quadrivalent vaccine, Gardasil® (Sanofi Pasteur MSD) and the bivalent vaccine, Cervarix® (GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals). Both vaccines protect against the high-risk HPV types 16 and 18, which cause an estimated 73% of cervical cancer cases in Europe. Gardasil also protects against HPV 6 and 11, which cause most cases of genital warts.

The STOP Cervical Cancer Petition ( was launched by ECCA in the run-up to ECCPW 2008 with the aim of attracting 1 million signatures. It is based on the Citizen's Initiative of the EU Lisbon Treaty, which compels the Commission to act if requested to by a petition of 1 million or more European citizens. To date, the petition has been signed by 250,000 citizens all calling for the political support needed to eliminate cervical cancer in Europe. Once the target has been reached, the petition will be delivered to the President of the European Union and the European Commissioner for Health. In addition, each of the national sections of the petition will be delivered to the Ministers of Health for each of the countries contributing signatures, including those European countries which are not members of the EU.

The Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer was launched in 2008 as a universally recognisable symbol for all cervical cancer prevention activities. The Pearl of Wisdom brooch is also designed to be a grassroots tool to raise funds for cervical cancer prevention actions of both ECCA and its members.


EUROGIN (EUropean Research Organization on Genital Infection and Neoplasia) brings together clinicians and scientists whose work is related to genital infections and neoplasia.

The aims of the organization are to promote and develop, at a Euro-pean level, research, training, screening, prevention and information concerning genital infections, precancers and cancers in women.
Developed as a result of a common European resolution, EUROGIN brings together representatives of all the specialist areas concerned: gynaecologists, dermatologists, pathologists, biologists, oncologists and basic scientists.
EUROGIN has 4 main areas of activity:

1. Collaboration and Research
The scientific committee (a group comprising European clinical and scientific experts) develops and encourages collaboration on clinical and basic research projects.

2. Scientific Exchanges, Education and Training
The multidisciplinary nature of this organization means that EUROGIN is a forum for exchanging views and for cooperation between partners.
3. Information
EUROGIN is a genuine teaching and information platform for physicians, patients and public authorities.

4. Surveys and Audits
EUROGIN commissions medical practice surveys with the aim of assessing practice effectiveness. Follow-up support is provided, and advice and recommendations made to enhance good medical practice and improve financial management.

 The Association of European Cancer Leagues implements activities which receive financial support from the European Commission under an Operating Grant from the European Union's Health Programme (2014-2020). The views expressed on our website and reports do not necessarily reflect the official views of the EU institutions.
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