EUROPREV – the European Network for Prevention and Health Promotion in Family Medicine and General Practice - was launched after the First International Meeting on Prevention and Health Promotion in Europe which took place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain in November 1995.
In April 1996, a meeting was organised in Barcelona between representatives of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and others to discuss the creation of a working group on prevention and health promotion, and it was proposed that this be named the "European Review Group on Prevention and Health Promotion in Family Medicine and General Practice (EUROPREV)".
The establishment of EUROPREV was then approved by delegates from different European countries during the WONCA-Europe Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden in July 1996.
In November 2001, WONCA-Europe President Dr Philip Evans announced that WONCA-Europe considers EUROPREV as one of its five network organisations, and requested that it represent its interests with reference to prevention and health promotion. As a result, EUROPREV changed its official name from ‘review group’ to ‘network’.
For more details regarding the early history of EUROPREV, please click here to read the article 'The First Ten Years of EUROPREV' published in the December 2006 edition of the European Journal of General Practice.