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Bringing pain policy to the next decade - new SIP model

SIP Europe, Belgium

The European SIP platform has been founded in 2009 and the SIP partners are proud about the significant achievements of this initiative in the past 10 years – for example the selection by the European Commission in 2018 as one of just three topics for the Thematic Network (TN) programme, hosted on the EU Health Policy platform. Read also the special article about the past 10 years of SIP.

Today the Societal Impact of Pain platform is widely considered a benchmark for integrated multi-stakeholder collaboration towards concrete actions. Since 2009, SIP has brought together a huge community of stakeholders in the area of pain to exchange best practice, provide support, and calling for political action at European and national level.

In 2020, Grünenthal has taken the decision to step back from its role as a SIP partner and will step into a role as a Sponsor instead (together with other sponsors) to underline the independence of the initiative by reevaluating the stakeholder model and thereby shifting their way of contribution. 

From July 1st 2020 onwards, European Pain Federation EFIC and Pain Alliance Europe will take the lead on the strategic planning of the European SIP activities, as well as the management of projects and communications. The current partners Active Citizenship Network and Grünenthal will be involved in the wider SIP stakeholder forum together with other stakeholder groups.

The stakeholder Forum will bring together organisations with an interest in pain from various sectors. The stakeholder forum will meet annually, co-develop the strategy of SIP, and identify specific objectives and policy goals. Sponsors will be invited to attend the stakeholder forum in an observational capacity. In addition, sponsors will be invited to an annual meeting with the partners to give their feedback on the project and their suggestions for policy goals. Sponsors will also be invited to all public meetings of SIP.

Long-term priorities of SIP

The four priority policy areas of the SIP Joint Statement (Indicators, Research, Education, Employment) remain relevant for years to come and will serve as the underlying basis for the work of SIP for the future on European and national Level.

SIP Priorities in 2020

Considering the current focus of the European Union policy agenda, SIP will focus on the following issues at European level in 2020 and the following years

  1. Cancer pain policies
  2. Employment and social integration of pain patients
  3. Pain and digital medicine

We are looking forward to see the Societal Impact of Pain community further continuing its impactful pain policy work in the next decade.

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