The Board of the ERN was established in accordance with the procedure stipulated by the Commission Delegated Decision. It includes one representative from each healthcare provider of EURO-NMD and the patient representatives elected by the Patient Advisory Board. Teresinha Evangelista, Coordinator of the ERN chairs the Board. Consisting of representatives from 84 healthcare providers from across Europe the Board is the primary decision making body accountable for fostering collaboration; removing obstacles to the network successful functioning; and maintaining the focus of the network on the agreed scope, outcomes and benefits.