23rd  November 2021

ERN-Skin Executive Committee

Taking stock of the actions and improvements achieved in 2021.


Online training courses, using the CPMS consultation platform,


setting up registries and specific activities for each thematic group were the strong points for  ERN-Skin.


4th-5th November

All ePAGS joint annual meeting with Eurordis to help each other


and improve their patient representatives’ work in the ERNs.


These two days of hard work allowed us to establish the priorities that need to be improved



6th October :  Le Dauphiné – Bons en Chablais :

On the occasion of « Pink October » and in partnership with the local council of Bons en Chablais, Cutis Laxa Internationale  held an information stall and sold various items.


11/10/21 Le dauphiné – Bons en Chablais : Pink and Blue Walk  

The health organisations of the town  were associated with the Blue Walk dedicated to elderly people and with Pink October dedicated to Breast Cancer.


Autumn 2021 : La Gazette Bonsoise :

Report of all the events organised on the occasion of « Pink October ».


26th September 2021  , 3rd, 9th and 16th October 2021



As part of Pink October, dedicated to breast cancer and as part of the Blue Walk, dedicated to elderly people,


Bons en Chablais’ local Council organised several events



that allowed CLI to collect over € 1,000. Thanks to all of you.


29th September 2021 :  Globalskin Annual Meeting.

The International Alliance of Dermatology Patients’ Organisations (IADPO), known as Globalskin, was set up in Canada.

It has grown a lot







and allows to share efforts worldwide for patients’ improved quality of life



Even if I cannot tell you more since publications have not yet taken place, I am very happy and proud of our researchers who work on Cutis Laxa :

5 NEW MUTATIONS have just been discovered.

For all patients whose precise type has not yet been identified, this is an extraordinary chance.

You can be tested now with the new mutations.

Attending the 6th Cutis Laxa Days in Ghent in September 2022  can be the opportunity for you to know more about the precise type you are suffering from.


Our « Big Cutis Laxa Family » grows day after day.

Its new members : Joanna, Ayse and her two brothers, Delphine, Elizabeth, Adar, Aakshay, Fabricio, Solange, Andrea, Zahid, Dilsa, Jannae & Julia, Fatiha and her sister, MaryAnn come from Poland, Turkey, Canada, Saoudy Arabia , USA, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Colombia, France.

All around the world, 479 patients are now part of our Cutis Laxa patients’ community.


On 27th May I heard with deep sorrow about Maddie’s passing. She was  19 months old. I had talked a lot with her mother during her long stay in hospital. Rest in peace sweet angel, your pain has disappeared.

In the Media

They talk about Cutis Laxa :

On 16th March, Chiara’s testimony (in French and in Italian) was posted on Facebook :


On 7th April, « Le Tribunal du net » edited an interview with Cécile (in French).  Watch it again on our website (videos) or on the “Tribunal du Net” page “


In April and May, every week, Ewenlife published one of the 8 videos about Cutis Laxa. From diagnosis to medico-social care and treatments, all issues are tackled. You can watch them again (in French or with subtitles in your own language) on our website (videos) or on Youtube :

The French Federation for SKIN (FFP) is working hard

Since the beginning of the year, Georges Martinho, FFP General Delegate, led several projects at the double all showing positive and very promissing results :

  • The FFP plea was published in March. It gathers together the difficulties, needs and proposals of thousands of persons suffering from skin diseases in France, wether these diseases are rare or not. Delivered to all Health Authorities and elected Representatives acrossthe country, its aims are : long-term improvment of quality of life for skin patients ; advocacy against social and local inequalities ; improved support of care journeys ; getting patients’ expertise recognised. The first reactions are very positive.


  • National Office of Solidarity for Autonomy (CNSA) and Local Houses for Disabled People (MDPH) working towards the recognition of a « Skin Disability » and adapting the administrative steps to the reality and specificities of dermatologic diseases.
  • Rallying Members of Parliament : After sending the petition, several meetings have taken place with Members of Parliament and Senators. The working areas fo the Members of Parliament and the FFP include meeting patients to increas knowledge of their needs, bringing the issues to the parliamentary debate and proposing amendments to legislation.
  • Taking par in the inter-associative task-force of pharmaceutical industries : Following the recommendations published by the European Commission on how to improve the information on health products, a survey and a meeting allowed members of the FFP to share their point of view and take part in this work.
  • Educational aids for children and teenagers : These aids have an informative and educational aim illustrated by concrete situations. We will soon start working with illustrators, various tools have been mentioned (books, videos,etc). The first two aids, for 6-11 year olds and 12-18 year olds, are taking shape and should be edited by the end of this year.


The FFP is doing great and has real concrete results.

ERN-Skin Activities

19th February : First ERN-Skin Scientific Day

114 doctors and researchers attended. Each thematic group presented the work done on the disorders they are concerned with.

For the Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders (HCTD), a study is taking place in the Netherlands to evaluate prevalence and severity of fatigue, pain, disability and global health for children and teenagers suffering from the most common HCTD.

Other topics were presented such as interconnections between nervous system and skin system, and also innovative methodologies


8th June : ERN-Skin Executive Committee

During this meeting  the agenda was very fully.

Marie-Claude Boiteux presented the epags’ work on « Patient Journeys » for each disorder concerned by ERN-Skin,

And then the Patients Satisfaction Survey, Registries,


the SPOT application,

Exchange programme,

Results of 2020

and organising, in Paris in 2022, the next Rare Skin Diseases World Congres –

these wide ranging questions showed ERN-Skin’s dynamism and how it implements concrete projects.