The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) represents 62 member organizations, which operate in 45 countries, each with a different culture, healthcare system, economic level and political commitment to support diabetes. Developing common positions and supporting certain policy changes at the European level requires thorough knowledge and understanding of each member’s particular circumstances. Previous studies have not been able to offer a comprehensive picture of the status of diabetes throughout Europe. To address these needs, IDF Europe developed the Country Assessment of Diabetes Institutions and Services. Cristian Andriciuc reports.