APDH, The Portuguese Association for Hospital Development, created in April 2002 and aims to promote the cooperation amongst Portuguese hospitals and between Portuguese hospitals and their foreign counterparts, to promote and develop innovative procedures within the hospital management areas. APDH members are legal entities (hospitals) and individual members, from all over the country.
Within a protocol established with the Central Administration of Health Systems, I.P (ACSS, I.P.) APDH is the representative of the Portuguese Ministry of Health at the European Federation of Hospitals (HOPE) and at the International Federation of Hospitals (IFH), which until then, was under the responsibility of the HOPE/IFH Cabinet in Portugal.
APDH aims at actively participate in the activities to promote the hospitals and contribute to their development, and is available to establish cooperation protocols deemed necessary and to actively participate in all the relevant reflexions, working groups and activities.