EULAR/ACR collaborative projects

For initiatives with international relevance, such as development and validation of criteria sets of development of recommendations for conducting clinical trials, the Standing Committee seeks collaboration with the Quality-of-care Committee of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) through its Criteria subcommittee. EULAR and ACR strive for a transparent and collaborative relationship in order to avoid overlaps and realize synergies.

Call for proposals 2016

ACR and EULAR are accepting proposals for new collaborative projects in the following areas:

  • Classification criteria including the revision or revisiting of old criteria sets that are no longer working due to shifts in disease understanding or management; and
  • Response criteria for evaluating meaningful change in disease status for use in clinical trials and possibly clinical practice.

To better streamline cross-organisational processes, ACR and EULAR have an annual deadline (this year 4 May) for these types of proposal submissions. Therefore, this will be the only proposal submission opportunity for joint projects of this type before spring 2017.
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Ongoing initiatives

ACR-EULAR classification criteria for Sjögren's syndrome
Convenor: Simon Bowman, Caroline Shiboski

EULAR-ACR classification criteria for SLE
Convenor: Martin Aringer, Sindhu Johnson

ACR-EULAR development of myositis response criteria
Convenor: Lisa Rider, Nicola Ruperto

ACR-EULAR classification criteria for gout
Convenor: William Taylor, Tuhina Neogi, Tim Jansen

EULAR-ACR classification and diagnostic criteria in primary systemic vasculitis
Convenor: Raashid Luqmani, Richard Watts, Peter Merkel

EULAR-ACR polymyositis classification criteria
Convenor: Ingrid Lundberg, Lisa Rider

Published initiatives


2016 Classification Criteria for Macrophage Activation Syndrome Complicating Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A European League Against Rheumatism/American College of Rheumatology/Paediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organisation Collaborative Initiative 
Convenor: Angelo Ravelli, Randy Cron
Published: February 2016
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EULAR-ACR recommendations for the management of polymyalgia rheumatica 
Convenor: Bhaskar Dasgupta, Eric Matteson
Published: September 2015
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2013 classification criteria for systemic sclerosis: an American college of rheumatology (ACR)/European league against rheumatism (EULAR) collaborative initiative
Convenor: Frank van den Hoogen, Janet Pope
Published: October 2013
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Evaluation of best practice for reducing delay in diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory arthritis
Convenor: Paul Emery, Vivian Bykerk
Published: April 2012
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ACR-EULAR recommendations for determining remission in rheumatoid arthritis
Convenor: David Felson, Maarten Boers
Published: January 2011
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ACR-EULAR classification criteria for RA
Convenor: Gillian Hawker, Daniel Aletaha
Published: September 2010
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EULAR-ACR points to consider for reporting disease activity in RA clinical trials
Convenor: Daniel Aletaha, Daniel Felson
Published: October 2008
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