EWMA objectives and goals

EWMA works continuously to improve European wound patients’ quality of life. We pursue identifying and advocating the highest quality of treatment available and its cost effectiveness from a multidisciplinary point of view. We work to reach our objectives by being an educational resource for health care professionals working with wound care and prevention. We organise conferences, contribute to international projects related to wound management, actively support the implementation of existing knowledge and provide information on all aspects of wound management.

Thus, EWMA strives to be the organisation that citizens, patients, professionals, Governments, Health Services and educational institutes come to for advice, expertise and opinion in Europe.


EWMA works to achieve the following goals:

  • To support collaboration between European wound healing associations.
  • To provide accessible educational resources for professionals, patients and citizens.
  • To promote non healing wounds as a major health care challenge as well as an economic burden for European health care systems.
  • To actively promote that most non healing wounds can be prevented.
  • To promote cost-effective, evidence-based best practice wound prevention and treatment.
  • To promote a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention and treatment of wounds.
  • To support that patients play a key role in prevention and treatment as a central member of the multidisciplinary treatment team.


EWMA works towards the fulfilment of these goals through:

  • Publication of EWMA documents regarding epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds of all aetiologies and education into these topics.
  • Hosting of multidisciplinary wound conferences and training courses in Europe.
  • Creation of forums for networking and sharing of experiences for individuals and organisations actively involved in wound management.
  • Advocacy activities targeting policy-makers and key-opinion leaders in national governments and the European Union.
  • Providing guidance for practices


EWMA Sustainable Development Goals

In line with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), EWMA will promote sustainability in several areas of wound care to address the major challenges of today. Sustainability in wound care encompasses several approaches and aspects.

Specifically, EWMA aims to: 


  1. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3) 
    Enhance person-centered care and healthy lifestyle.

  2. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (SDG 4) 
    Develop and promote quality education to ensure the best treatment for patients and shorter recovery times.
    Promote virtual educational webinars and materials to reach a broader audience that EWMA would not otherwise reach.

  3. Reduce inequality within and among countries (SDG 10) 
    Advocate equality in wound care, also amongst the poor and disabled people or people with health conditions or impairments .
    Promote awareness of all types of wounds that affect all ethnicities.

  4. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (SDG 12) 
    Promote rapid and accurate wound diagnosis to avoid unnecessary interventions and the use of wound care materials.
    Promote the development of sustainable and reusable technologies (e.g., devices, dressings, compression materials, offloading devices) 

  5. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13) 
    Promote sustainable industrialization and innovation.
    Promote conferences with sustainable policies (e.g., congress materials, easy accessibility by public transportation, etc.) 

Approved by the EWMA Council 2 May 2023.


Read more about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals on their website