ONCA Conference Copenhagen Creating Equality in Nutritional Care

The European Nutrition for Health Alliance works with key stakeholders to improve nutritional care across Europe.

About ENHA

The European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) is a charity, established to promote and implement nutritional risk screening and improve nutritional care for all European citizens.


ENHA members and partners are key European professional societies, associations and patients groups in public health and health care. They work together to

  • promote and implement nutrition risk screening and optimal nutritional care across Europe
  • create public awareness of malnutrition/undernutrition
  • share good practices and create innovation
  • improve education and training in nutritional care.


European Parliament engagement

Since 2007, ENHA works with the European Parliament to include nutritional risk screening and good nutritional care in EU programmes. ENHA and members actively participate(d) in

  • ‘Together for Health’ 2008
  • European Partnership Action Against Cancer 2010
  • European Innovation Partnership ‘Active and Healthy Ageing’ 2012
  • MaNuEl: Malnutrition in the Elderly 2014
  • PROMISS: Prevention of malnutrition in Senior Subjects in the EU 2016
  • Collaborating with EU officials on Europe’s Beating Cancer plan including hosting the event EU4Nutrition LIVE (2020)
  • EU Health Policy Platform ‘Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care’ 2021-2022



The new Optimal Nutritional Care for All campaign logo

The Optimal Nutritional Care for All campaign

In the European Union, member states are primarily responsible for their health care systems and financing. Therefore, ENHA designed the Optimal Nutritional Care for All campaign that was launched in 2013/2014.

In this campaign, ENHA supports 19 European countries to establish/strengthen national multi-stakeholder platforms to implement nutritional screening and improve nutritional care. In a number of countries, the national platforms work with the Ministry of Health. The 19 country delegations meet twice a year to update the state of play, exchange good practices and work on innovation projects.

European patient groups

In 2012 ENHA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with European Patient Forum (EPF) and the European Genetic Alliance (EGAN). EPF and EGAN are fully engaged in the Optimal Nutritional Care for All activities. National patient group representatives participate in the country delegations.

ENHA members & partners

ENHA is co-chaired by Professor Olle Ljungqvist, representing the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and Professor Regina Roller-Wirnsberger, representing the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS)

·       Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM mutual health insurers)

·       European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing

·       European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)

·       European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)

·       European Nursing Directors Association (ENDA)

·       European Society of Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN)

·       European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS)

·       International Association Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

·       European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)

·      European Patient Forum

·      European Genetic Alliance

·      European Medical Students Association (EMSA)



ENHA members pay an annual fee to fund core activities. Annual fee levels are determined according to the status e.g. non-profit making, and the resources of the member. The Alliance also accepts unrestricted, project-specific funding from corporate and non-profit organisations.

For more details, please see the annual accounts of the Alliance, which are published on the Charity Commission website. The most recently submitted annual accounts can be found here.


ENHA is a non-profit charity incorporated and registered in The Netherlands with limited liability. Its income and property are solely for promoting the aims and objectives of the organisation.


ENHA activities are managed by the board of Trustees, which must contain at least three members and is responsible for making decisions (via a vote) including budget oversight, appointing the Executive Director, and approving policy statements.

Board Directors are appointed as individuals, with the exception of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), organisations, which appoint one Director each who are the Co-Chairs of the Alliance.

Directors are not appointed for a fixed term of office and may continue as long as they respect the obligations of the role, for example regularly attending meetings. Directors are not remunerated for their time, but may request the reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses related to Director activities.

Members of ENHA are non-profit organisations in the field of health and nutrition and commercial organisations in the field of nutrition, which support and implement ENHA policies, but do not participate in decision making.

Attend ENHA meetings YES YES
Vote on decisions YES NO
Appoint the Secretary General YES NO
Approve budget and expenditure YES NO
Adopt ENHA policy statements YES NO
Undertake activities to support ENHA priorities YES YES
Pay annual membership fee NO YES



The Trustees of ENHA are:
  • Olle Ljungqvist (ENHA Co-Chair – ESPEN Representative)
  • Regina Roller-Wirnsberger (ENHA Co-Chair – EUGMS Representative)
  • Annemieke van Ginkel-Res (EFAD Representative)
  • Tunde Koltai (EPF Representative)
  • Claude Pichard
  • Marcel Smeets
The individual interests of the trustees are:
Paid employment
Regina Roller-Wirnsberger Medical University of Graz


Olle Ljungqvist Örebro University (Sweden) International Association of Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (President)
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society for Perioperative Care (Chair)
Annemieke van Ginkel-Res Dietheek The Netherlands
Tunde Koltai
Claude Pichard Geneva University Hospital (Switzerland)
Marcel Smeets Smeets, Stuger & De Vries (Netherlands) De Zorgambassade (Netherlands)