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Social Impact of Pain (SIP) Expert Group

Following the European Commission’s decision to dedicate an Expert Group to the ‘social impact of pain’, communicated during the SIP Symposium in Malta, June 2017, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Social Impact of Pain (SIP) Expert Group. The Expert Group, hosted on the EU health platform, provides pain experts with an environment to exchange, compare and benchmark evidence and best practices on pain management and its impact on society. It will also give an opportunity to learn about upcoming events, campaigns, latest research, current policies, or new possibilities on education.

Who can join?

The platform is open for health care professionals, pain advocacy groups and patient representatives, politicians, insurances, representatives of health authorities, regulators, and budget holders.

What’s next?

The European Pain Federation EFIC and Pain Alliance Europe, who are the Group administrators, will provide further guidance for members on how to use the platform practically, and how the project can contribute to EU policy-making via best practices and data sharing, and development of policy recommendations.

The first step is becoming a member! Registration only takes a few minutes. We have a user guide  which explains all the steps. We encourage you to invite others to join as well, provided they are an organisation with a clear interest in public health in Europe.

The SIP Expert Group has been selected as one of three Thematic Network by the European Commission. We have prepared the SIP Joint Statement and Framing Paper and presented them on November 12th at the European Commission. You can find and read more about this here.

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