The European Federation of Pain, EFIC is a multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain science and medicine, consisting of the 37 European chapters of IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain).

The British Pain Society is its British Chapter.

Established in 1993, EFIC's 31 constituent chapters represent close to 20,000 scientists, physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and other healthcare professionals across Europe who study pain and treat patients in pain. EFIC's aims are to advance research, education, clinical management and professional practice related to pain, and to serve as an authoritative, scientifically based resource concerning policy issues related to pain and its management.

European Journal of Pain
Members of the British Pain Society are entitled to receive a complimentary electronic copy of EFIC's European Journal of Pain.

For further information about EFIC and its activities, including upcoming meetings and publications, please contact EFIC directly, or visit their website:

Mrs. Christel Geevels
Executive Secretary
EFIC Office
Grensstraat 7, Mailbox 3
B-1831 Diegem
Phone : +32 2 251 55 10
Fax: +32 2 251 48 10
E-mail: secretary@efic.org



  1. Latest News from EFIC
  2. European Year Against Pain (EYAP)

Latest News from EFIC

For further information please visit: https://www.europeanpainfederation.eu/core-curriculum/diploma-in-pain-medicine/

The Euopean Pain Federation, EFIC
6-9 September 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark

The European Pain Federation, EFIC® 2017 is fast approaching, however, there’s still time to register and save! By securing your spot early, you can take advantage of the early rate and save up to €150.

Submit your Late Breaking Abstract - Deadline 15 June 2017
Late breaking abstract submission is now open to allow the very recent research advances to be included at The European Pain Federation, EFIC® 2017.

View the list of topics and submit yours today.

For further details, please visit: http://www.efic2017.kenes.com/



  • Creating further awareness for pain and its treatment
  • Support young scientists to bring out best pain relief for patients

Aachen/Brussels, 23 June 2016. For the tenth time, young European scientists who have an innovative pain research idea, are called upon to apply for one of the most prestigious and highly regarded pain research grants worldwide: The EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant (E-G-G).

The long lasting collaboration between the European Pain Federation EFIC® and the German pain expert Grünenthal has one common goal: Create awareness for pain management and support those who are able to bring out individual treatments for pain patients. “Our intensive and fruitful cooperation unconditionally pursues the target to bring the best pain relief to every individual patient”, highlights Dr Luis Villanueva, Chair of the EFIC® Committee on Scientific Research. He continues:“As pain still poses a huge economic and social burden, we know about the importance to consider and improve our joint working to find successful ways to apply best pain treatment in the future”.

The biennial grant sponsored by Grünenthal totalling €200,000 enables young scientists to translate their innovative pain research idea into practise, at a crucial time in their career when it is often extremly difficult for them to receive research funds. Individual grants are valued at up to € 40,000 per project for a duration of up to two years. The decision on award winners is made independently by the EFIC® Committee on Scientific Research.

“Now announced for the 10th time since the first call in 2004, the continuous rising number of EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant applications shows that the E-G-G is a major way to promote pain research”, emphasizes Dr Frank Laschewski, Head of Medical Affairs Europe and North America of the Grünenthal Group. “Since diagnosis and management of pain can be very complex, many patients still do not receive adequate treatment. Therefore, it is Grünenthal’s longterm commitment to drive research in this field.” Today well established, the grant receives growing awareness in the community of distinguished pain experts, and moreover, winners become part of an international network in the field. Learn more about this research grant on the EFIC-GRÜNENTHAL Grant YouTube Channel.

Interested young pain researchers who meet the criteria for application, can apply online by end of this year at www.e-g-g.info.

European Pain Federation EFIC: Chronic pain affects one in five Europeans

The ‘Societal Impact of Pain’ Symposium on May 23 and 24, 2016, will discuss the societal impact of pain and urge decision makers to prioritise pain care in Europe

Around 20 percent of Europe’s adult population suffer from chronic pain, with the resulting direct and indirect costs amounting to a significant 1.5 to 3 percent of total GPD in Europe. At the “Societal Impact of Pain” Symposium, experts, patients’ representatives and policy makers will discuss the socioeconomic implications of pain and policy solutions to this burden for individual and societies.

Brussels, 18 May 2016Approximately 20 percent of Europe’s adult population – more than 80 million people – suffer from chronic pain, meaning pain which occurs repeatedly over a period of three months or longer. Some 9 percent of Europeans experience pain on a daily basis. The total direct and indirect costs of chronic pain amount to an estimated 1.5 to 3 percent of total European GDP. It is against this alarming background that the European Pain Federation EFIC and its partners will discuss the socioeconomic implications of pain and policy solutions to this burden for individual and societies at the 6th European Symposium “Societal Impact of Pain (SIP 2016): Time for Action”. The meeting will take place in Brussels on May 23 and 24, 2016 and will bring together pain experts, patients’ representatives and policy makers from around Europe.

“Our objective is to increase the visibility of chronic pain as a medical, economic and social problem, since it affects quality of life more than most other illnesses,” says Dr Chris Wells, President of EFIC. “We are not just talking about the huge burden the treatment of chronic pain places on health budgets, but above all the indirect costs arising from lost productivity and incapacity for work.” Chronic pain accounts for 500 million sick days a year and proves to be the most frequent cause of early retirement and incapacity for work.

“The SIP 2016 symposium aims to engage all stakeholder groups involved in future policy making impacting the societal impact of pain. The outcome of the symposium will include concrete policy suggestions”, says Prof Bart Morlion, EU Liaison Officer and President Elect of the European Pain Federation EFIC. “It is one of EFIC’s major goals to improve pain management in Europe at all levels. We are confident that the symposium will contribute to this end by providing an excellent opportunity for an exchange of information and best practices and by stimulating discussion through task-oriented working groups.”

Topics to be discussed at the SIP 2016 symposium are:

  • Pain, rehabilitation and reintegration of workers in the workforce
  • Chronic Pain: a disease or an underlying symptom?
  • The relevance of pain in cancer care and rehabilitation
  • Pain as a quality indicator for health care

Confirmed speakers include MEPs from ten EU countries, leading researchers and specialists in the field of pain, representatives of patients’ organisations, and senior Commission representatives.

The scientific framework of the “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP) platform is under the responsibility of the European Pain Federation EFIC®. Cooperation partners for SIP 2016 are Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Active Citizenship Network (ACN). The pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH is responsible for funding and non-financial support (e.g. logistical support). The scientific aims of the SIP symposia have been endorsed by a large number of international and national pain advocacy groups, scientific organisations and authorities.

For further details see: https://www.sip-platform.eu/

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European Year Against Pain (EYAP)

In calling for the "European Year Against Joint Pain”, the European Pain Federation EFIC® is devoting itself this year to an especially widespread health problem. The current information campaign is intended to highlight the many different forms of pain that can occur in and around the joints. Osteoarthritis alone accounts for 20 per cent of chronic pain worldwide. Large numbers of people also have problems associated with inflammatory joints conditions. The treatment of the various types of joint pain continues to pose a huge challenge, but latest findings promise more efficient relief. Top European pain experts criticize that this relief is not yet reaching pain sufferers to a sufficient extent.

Further information can be found on the EFIC website at: http://www.efic.org/index.asp?sub=F8AMLHLAP9216P 

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