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SIP 2019: SIP Thematic Network Program 2018

Martin Seychell, Brona Fullen

SIP 2019: SIP Thematic Network Program 2018
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SIP Thematic Network Programme 2018 – What’s Next?


  • Martin Seychell (video message) (European Commission - DG SANTE)
  • Brona Fullen (European Pain Federation EFIC)

Moderator: Michael von Fisenne (Grünenthal), Vittoria Carraro (European Pain Federation EFIC)

Session Objective

This session highlighted how SIP and its national Platforms have used the 2018 SIP Joint Statement to ensure implementation of the policy recommendations and how they have been collaborating with other stakeholders to continue the great momentum the Joint Statement created.

Policy Opportunities

The Joint Statement of Policy Recommendations offers an opportunity to highlight where unmet needs and opportunities lie, both at European and national level, and join or launch projects and activities to address these recommendations. National SIP Platforms can also call for national versions of the Joint Statement as well as its implementation.


In 2017, the topic of the societal impact of pain was selected as one of three Thematic Networks (TN) on the EU Health Policy Platform topics for 2018, by the European Commission. The outcome of the SIP TN was a Framing Paper and the Joint Statement of Policy Recommendations (1). To date, the Joint Statement has received endorsements from over 100 organisations as well as endorsements from 11 Members of the European Parliament (2014-2019 legislative period).

To ensure that the Joint Statement remains on the forefront of the minds of the key policymakers and influencing stakeholders, SIP intends to continue its focus on implementing the Recommendations at EU level as well as support national implementation.

In 2019, as a direct follow-on from the SIP Thematic Network outcomes, SIP is collaborating with the Joint Action of the European Commission CHRODIS+ (2), which aims to implement pilot projects and generate practical lessons in the area of chronic diseases. CHRODIS+ includes 42 Partners representing 21 European countries, who collaborate to implement pilot projects and generate practical lessons in the field of chronic diseases. SIP is represented by our partner Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and is particularly involved in the Work Package (WP) 8 on Employment and Chronic Conditions.

The Joint Statement has also been used as a basis for ongoing activities at national level, aligned with the four categories. Several countries have already identified and driven activities aimed at key stakeholders to ensure national implementation. In July 2019, SIP Belgium released a national SIP Joint Statement, explaining their goal to achieve better pain care and pain management as well as to improve the (re)integration of pain patients in the workforce and society by developing and presenting multi-stakeholder recommendations to policymakers (3).

Further, the Joint Statement has also been introduced to newly elected and re-elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who have entered the 2019-2024 legislative period, and SIP has committed itself to continue to call for these Recommendations and seek further endorsement from MEPs, in the new legislative period.



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