European medical academic societies have been cooperating on research projects and organising postgraduate education. In 2009, for the first time, a meeting of these societies was convened. The focus of the meeting was on cooperation with the European Commission with a view on strengthening the funding for medical research. It was also intended to facilitate discussions on other policies related to European health research and on enhancing the visibility of EU health research.

In 2010, the European Association of the Study of Diabetes (EASD), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) jointly founded the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe. The BioMed Alliance expanded over the subsequent years and its members started cooperating on an increasing number of topics related to health policy. During the general assembly in 2018, members decided to change the name to ‘Biomedical Alliance in Europe’ to reflect the wider focus beyond just health research policy. Members are now cooperating and adopting common positions on a range of subjects from health research to continuing medical education, the regulatory framework for medical devices and the regulation of clinical trials

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