A Short History of ENETS

ENETS was established by its founding members to unify neuroendocrine tumor disease research among European medical professionals. Its primary aim was to integrate basic and clinical research with teaching, and to establish guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP NETs).

Almost 20 years after its foundation, ENETS is now the largest, international NET society with more than 1,500 members.


ENETS' founding members
    The founding members are (l. to r.): Håkan Ahlman†, Göteborg, Sweden; Bertram Wiedenmann, Berlin, Germany; Ola Nilsson, Göteborg; Barbro Eriksson, Uppsala, Sweden; Kjell Öberg, Uppsala, Sweden; Ursula Plöckinger, Berlin, Germany; Philippe Ruszniewski, Clichy, France; Guido Rindi, Parma, Italy; Martyn Caplin, London, United Kingdom. Founding members not pictured: Rudolf Arnold, Marburg, Germany; Wouter de Herder, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Gianfranco Delle Fave, Rome, Italy.
  • Founding of the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society in Budapest, Hungary, as an offshoot of the European Neuroendocrine Tumor Network
  • 1st Annual ENETS Conference – this conference started a series of cutting-edge conferences attracting more than 1,500 delegates each year


Publication of the first ENETS guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine gastrointestinal tumors


  • Revision of the ENETS guidelines along with TNM classifications
  • Development of a European NET Registry


  • Establishment of an accreditation programme for ENETS Centers of Excellence (CoE) with 6 pilot centers
  • Publication of ENETS consensus guidelines for the standard of care for patients with digestive neuroendocrine tumors


  • The ENETS Center of Excellence progamme is officially launched
  • Publication of ENETS consensus guidelines for the management of patients with rare metastases from digestive neuroendocrine tumors
  • The 1st Annual ENETS Postgraduate Course was hosted within the framework of the annual ENETS conference


Publication of updated ENETS consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors


Publication of a European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society expert consensus and recommendations for best practice for typical and atypical pulmonary    carcinoids


Publication of updated consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors (update of the guidelines for diagnosis and therapy of NEN from 2012)


  • ENETS 2017 consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors (standards of care recommendations)
  • Meeting with patient advocates (ENETS/INCA meeting) on unmet medical needs in neuroendocrine tumors


Meeting to develop standardised reporting in NEN pathology, imaging, and endoscopy


Covid pandemic - first virtual ENETS conference


  • Covid pandemic - first hybrid ENETS conference - in Barcelona, Spain
  • ENETS guidance paper for Carcinoid Syndrome and Carcinoid Heart Disease
  • Special issue on standardized (synoptic) reporting of neuroendocrine neoplasms


  • 20th Annual ENETS Conference - hybrid - in Vienna, Austria
  • ENETS guidance paper for digestive neuroendocrine carcinoma
  • ENETS guidance paper for gastroduodenal NET G1-G3

ENETS CoE programme

The ENETS Centers of Excellence (CoE) programme was started in 2007. Click below to learn more about the programme, inform yourself about the current list of CoEs, or find out about the certification procedure.

ENETS education

ENETS offers comprehensive education and training for physicians and scientists in the field of NET.

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