Assistance Dogs International Europe Regional Chapter (ADEu)






Assistance Dogs International European Chapter is Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu).  ADEu is dedicated to supporting the work of assistance dog programs across Europe.

ADEu and ADI joined together in 2007.

ADEu has Accredited Members and Candidate programs in 17 countries in Europe.

ADEu Regional Chapter Board


Danny Vancoppernolle, DYADIS, Belgium, Chairman
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Anki Celander, Svenska Service och Signalhundsförbundet, Sweden, Secretary
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Peter Gorbing, Dogs for Good, UK, Treasurer
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Teo Mariscal, Fundación Bocalán del Perro de Ayuda Social, Spain
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Mark van Gelder, Canisha vzw, Belgium
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Claire Guest, Medical Detection Dogs, UK
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Dusan Pospichal, Helppes - Centre for Assistance Dogs, Czech Republic
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ADEu was formed in 2000 following a meeting in The Netherlands of assistance dog representatives from groups across Europe.  In 2007, ADI and ADEu joined together. 

Click on the link for a full ADEu history.  

CEN Technical Committee 452 - Assistance Dogs

Many ADEu programs are active in the CEN Technical Committee (TC) 452 that is looking to create European standards covering all aspects of assistance dogs' welfare and training.  This project is being managed by HZN - the National Standards Agency of Croatia.  It is anticipated that the work will be completed during early 2023.  For more information about this work, please contact Peter Gorbing at [email protected].  

Public Access Issues

As part of an ongoing campaign, ADEu is keen to hear of any clients from ADI member organisations that have been refused access with their assistance dogs.  This will help us to build up a good picture of the scale of the problem in Europe and allow ADEu to lobby for better access rights across the whole of the continent.  If you are refused access, please report the nature of the refusal to Mark van Gelder at [email protected].  

If you have an assistance dog from an ADEu or ADI member and have any questions about access laws in Europe, please contact Mark van Gelder at [email protected]


ADEu is currently collaborating with the following organisations:

Pfotenpiloten (Germany) - working with ADEu members to develop assistance dog training/instructor competencies.  The project team are currently seeking grants to further this work over the next few years.

European Guide Dog Federation (EGDF) - a consumer-led organisation supporting the rights of guide dog and assistance dog owners across Europe.

Click here for a list of ADEu Accredited Members.

Click here for a list of ADEu Candidate Programs.

Contact ADEu

Steph Atkin
ADEu Development Coordinator
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