The EPDA Charter launched in 1997 on the first World Parkinson’s Disease Day states:
People with Parkinson's disease have the right to:
Be referred to a doctor with a special interest in Parkinson's disease
Receive an accurate diagnosis
Have access to support services
Receive continuous care; and
Take part in managing the illness
Part one examines whether the first two points of the Charter are being met across Europe in terms of accurate diagnosis and access to a doctor with a special interest in Parkinson’s disease.
The survey was live between 12 April 2010 (European Day of Action) and 29 October 2010.