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


The 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation, Pain in Europe XI, will take place in the Spanish town of Valencia, from 4-7 September 2019. This major biennial gathering brings together the most recognised experts in the field of pain medicine to exchange knowledge, ideas and the latest advances in the field. For further information or to book to attend, please visit: https://efic-congress.org/?.

Poster Abstract deadline EXTENDED: 14th March 2019
Due to high demand, the deadline for abstract submission to #EFIC2019 has been extended to 14 March 2019. Do not hesitate to take advantage of these extra two weeks right away and submit your research to share your work with your peers.



The deadline for bursaries for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM) is 10th February 2019.

Both the EDPM and European Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy are open for registration until 29th March 2019.


We would like to inform you that the applications for the following European Pain Federation Pain Schools are now open:

27-31 May 2019

Maribor, Solvenia

22-27 June 2019

Krakow, Poland

2019 – date tbc

Austria, Klagenfurt

2019 – date tbc

Italy, Bergamo

EFIC has set a deadline of 1 March 2019 for applications for the Spring Pain Schools. They will establish a second deadline for the remaining Pain Schools once the dates are confirmed. If you are interested in the remaining schools we will be sending out another communication with those deadlines when known, so there is no need to apply now.

How to apply 
Applications must be submitted to the British Pain Society at: jennynicholas@britishpainsociety.org by the deadline of midnight on 21st February 2019All applicants must be paid up members by the time of applying. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Applications must be completed on the official form which can be downloaded from EFIC at:https://www.europeanpainfederation.eu/efic-pain-schools/ .
Your application will be considered for approval by a small panel and if deemed acceptable, will be submitted direct to EFIC with a letter of recommendation from the UK Chapter representative. 

More information
Please be aware that ALL EFIC Chapters are eligible to select candidates for the EFIC Pain Schools.  Per school 15 candidates will be selected.
Detailed information on the program of the EFIC Pain Schools can be found on the EFIC website: https://europeanpainfederation.eu/education/pain-schools/

Should you have any questions please about the Pain Schools feel free to contact the EFIC office via: secretary@efic.org

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European Year Against Pain (EYAP)

European and Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable.

This 2019  European and Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable focuses on the following vulnerable populations:

  • Pain in older persons (including pain in dementia)
  • Pain in infants and young children
  • Pain in individuals with cognitive impairments (non dementia-related) or psychiatric disorders
  • Pain in survivors of torture

Further information can be found on the EFIC website at: https://europeanpainfederation.eu/advocacy/current-projects/year-for-excellence-in-pain-education-2018-2/

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