University of Zagreb - Academy of Fine Arts


The University of Zagreb is aware of the fact that the treatment of pain is an essential task of the modern health system. The Academy of Fine Arts and several other departments support the SIP initiative.

Center for Palliative Medicine, Medical Ethics and Communication Skills


The Centre for Palliative Medicine, Medical Ethics and Communication Skills (CEPAMET) was founded in 2010. The Centre is a semi-autonomous unit within the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. The conceptual framework of the Centre is devoted to education, organization, and research in three domains: palliative medicine, ethics, and health communication. The interdisciplinary team involved in the CEPAMET creation consists of experts in psychiatry and psychology, neurology, oncology, and general practice.

Fundació Salut i Envelliment (UAB)


The Fundació Salut i Envelliment is structured according to fields of study which are spearheaded by expert professionals and leading institutions in the respective professional areas. The fields of study allow FDR to be in permanent contact with the professional and academic world. The most up-to-date training activities in the respective areas are programmed according to the fields of study. This work formula guarantees the good standing and recognition of the training activities in their programme and ensures the excellent quality of the research methods and assessment.

Universidad Carlos III of Madrid


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a public university in the Community of Madrid, Spain. UC3M is among the 20 best universities established within the last 50 years in the world, according to the annual QS World University Rankings.

The mission of Carlos III University of Madrid is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. The University aspires to excellence in all its activities, with the aim of becoming one of the top universities in Europe.

The university actively encourages the personal development of all those connected to the higher education community. All our activities are guided by the values of merit, ability, efficiency, transparency, fairness, equality and respect for the environment.

Whiplash Stichting Nederland (WSN)


WSN is a member of the Dutch collective action group Pain Patients With One Voice, aiming to make people suffering from chronic pain speak with one voice to care providers, the pharmaceutical industry, insurers, politicians and government.

Ukrainian Association for the Study of Pain (UASP)


Pain should be a key priority of healthcare systems all over the Europe. We declare that pain and chronic pain should be recognized as a key priority in national healthcare systems of all European countries. Pain education, availability of pain management approaches and reimbursement policies to pain patients should be extended on all levels.

Vlaamse Liga voor Fibromyalgie-Patiënten vzw


Spreading information around Fibromyalgia and promote it at patients and their environment, healthcare professionals, aid workers, assisting agencies, politicians, etc. Anyone who’s directly or indirectly involved with fibromyalgia, patients and non-patients, bringing together and find ways to their best interests. The provision of practical, emotional, psychosocial or other assistance to patients and to their families.

University of Zagreb – Academy of Dramatic Art


The University of Zagreb is aware of the fact that the treatment of pain is an essential task of the modern health system. The Academy of Dramatic Art and several other departments support the SIP initiative.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC)


Since 1996, the University has focused his teaching and interdisciplinary research to find solutions to current problems, and ranks among the best universities in Madrid for excellent academic programs and international scientific quality.

Located in Madrid, the facilities and infrastructure of the campuses of Aranjuez, Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Madrid and Móstoles, enrich the university life and encourage research, innovation and learning.

URJC provides a learning environment and a life, aimed at promoting the work and talent on campus. In URJC students can develop their potential and have a comprehensive, international, professional and humanistic education. 

University of Zagreb – Academy of Music


The University of Zagreb is aware of the fact that the treatment of pain is an essential task of the modern health system. The Academy of Music and several other departments support the SIP initiative.

WIP Foundation


The World Institute of Pain (WIP) promotes worldwide advancement of pain education, training, and certification of physicians; facilitating global accessibility of the best practices of interventional pain medicine by individuals throughout the world who suffer from chronic pain syndromes. WIP is committed to promoting the best practice of pain medicine and worldwide access to pain relief, and is honoured to join forces with EFIC® and all stakeholders of the Societal Impact of Pain to raise awareness, exchange information, develop and foster best strategies and activities for the continuum of pain care throughout Europe and beyond.

Udruženje za Istraživanje i Tretman Bola Srbije (UITBS) Serbian Association for Pain Research and Treatment (SAPRT)


Staying active in painful reality is essential. SAPRT is a professional, multidisciplinary and non-profit Association focused on pain, founded in 2006. The SAPRT is a chapter of IASP and EFIC. The problem of chronic pain is still not well enough recognized in the Serbian Health Care System (SHCS), although pain specialists are recognized in the SHCS. Additional efforts are done towards introducing Pain Medicine and Palliative Medicine as teaching subjects into curricula of Medicine and Nursing studies.

SAPRT recognizes the SIP as EU initiative and platform, endorses and completely supports SIP. SIP is an ideal forum for presenting facts, exchanging ideas and bringing the issue of chronic pain to general public awareness.

World Federation for Incontinent Patients (WFIP)


The Federation is dedicated to promoting worldwide the interests of sufferers of incontinence and related pelvic floor disorders. The WFIP provides its individual member associations with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, guidelines, and educational resources. It seeks global cooperation and consensus via advocacy, public health education, and contact with official and scientific bodies and other patient advocacy groups.

World Headache Alliance (WHA)


World Headache Alliance operates as a non-profit organization. The Organization works with partners to recognize and relive the genuine needs of people by headache disorders. World Headache Alliance serves communities worldwide and works to reduce the burden of headache worldwide. Headache disorders are real, common and affect people of all ages, everywhere in the world. To reduce the burden resulting from untreated or mistreated headache disorders, WHA has developed initiatives to raise awareness. By increasing capacity of lay support groups to raise awareness and speak with their governments, WHA hopes to provide a conduit that will encourage sufferers to seek and have access to appropriate treatment.

World Institute of Pain (WIP)


The World Institute of Pain® promotes worldwide advancement of pain education, training, and certification of physicians; facilitating global accessibility of the best practices of interventional pain medicine by individuals throughout the world who suffer from chronic pain syndromes. WIP is committed to promoting the best practice of pain medicine and worldwide access to pain relief, and is honoured to join forces with EFIC® and all stakeholders of the Societal Impact of Pain to raise awareness, exchange information, develop and foster best strategies and activities for the continuum of pain care throughout Europe and beyond.

Xunta de Galicia - Consellería de Sanidade – Galician Health Service


The Servizo Galego de Saúde (Galician Healthcare Service) is the publicly funded healthcare service of Galicia. Healthcare policy and funding is the responsibility of the Ministry of  Health, a department of the regional government.

ULSS7 del Veneto


Under Italy's National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) the organization and provision of health care is a regional responsibility. The well-being of patients is fundamental to the system, both in terms of the services delivered and in terms of patient's rights.

The Work Foundation


The Work Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation focussing on research on the future of work. It aims to improve the quality of working life as well as the economic and organisational effectiveness. Co-operations with government, business organisations, the public sector and other not-for-profit institutions are important to reach these aims.

University of Cádiz (UCA)


With the constitution of its first Senate, in October 1979 the University of Cadiz (UCA) was founded, marking the culmination of a long process in the demand for a university institution. The university is promoting and encouraging the medical research and the involvement in international projects.

Vlaamse Pijnliga


The Flemish Pain League is an umbrella organisation that brings together organisations that are concerned about pain in Flanders. The common goal of the Vlaamse Pijnliga and its members is to improve the quality of life of people who suffer from chronic pain and their relatives.

To achieve this, the Vlaamse Pijnliga concentrates on 5 key issues:

  1. Contact between chronic pain patients
  2. Information
  3. Lobby work
  4. The best possible treatment for pain patients
  5. Attention for pain Pain is often invisible.

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologist (WFSA)


The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) unites anaesthesiologists to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia, around the world. With a network of hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists in over 140 countries the WFSA facilitates learning and promotes the highest standards of patient care. It delivers this change through programmes in Advocacy, Education and Training, Safety and Quality and Innovation and Research all of which are made possible by working together as a Federation and with other partners that share our goals. Each programme is supported by qualified anaesthesiologists who volunteer their time and expertise, be that as members of governance, through serving on committees, as trainers, fundraisers or as project leaders.

OSAKIDETZA - Departemento de la Salud del Gobierno Vasco


Osakidetza (Servicio Vasco de Salud/Basque Health System) is the public healthcare system of the Basque Country, a region located in the north of Spain. Osakidetza was created by the Health Department of the Basque Government in 1983. All the public hospitals and primary care of the Basque Region are under this organization.

The Health Department has the commitment and the obligation to ensure the health of all people. To this day, they manage their system with responsibility and efficiency to guarantee the health care of all the people who live in Euskadi and to safeguard the sanitary system as a public, universal and quality system.
They act on all the determinants of health by developing policies and projects of promotion and prevention and work in a transversal way with the rest of the Basque Government and institutions.

The Basque Health System includes 14 hospitals, more than 100 primary care clinics organised through four different geographical areas, apart from the Mental Health Centres, Emergencies and Basque Transfusions and Human Tissue Centre. More than 30.000 professionals work for Osakidetza, which could be considered the biggest organization of the Basque Country.

Swiss Migraine Action


Migraine Action Switzerland is a member of the European Headache Alliance, which has been founded in 2006. The objectives are:
•Give visibility to migraine, cluster headache and other headache disorders;
•Voice the views and concerns of headache patients across Europe;
•Inform and influence policy makers on headache disorders;
•Work in partnership with other relevant organisations to promote common aims and goals;
•Co-ordinate and add value to the efforts of national advocacy groups in Europe;
•Provide hope for those affected by headache.

MedAix Training GmbH/ MedAix Laurensberg GmbH


MedAix Training GmbH ist a private company offering movement training and education to improve quality of life, to prevent disease and disability and/or to manage pain. MedAix Training GmbH is based in Germany.

Liga Reumatolóxica Gallega (LRG) (Galician Rheumatological League)


LRG is a non-profit organization formed by people with rheumatological disease, their relatives and professionals who work with the aim of providing support and advice to the persons affected by a rheumatic disease and their families. Since its formation in 1996, its activity is directed at improving the quality of life of people affected by any type of rheumatic disease. LRG represents the group of people affected by these diseases against the government and in society, in order to sensitize the public authorities and institutions, of the importance of research on new treatments to combat these illnesses. It is called League instead of Association, because it encompasses the more than 200 existing rheumatic diseases.

Metges de Residències Geriàtriques del Vallès

Nederlandse Vereniging van Rugpatiënten “de Wervelkolom”


The association wants to represent the individual and common interests of pain patients and to offer them the following:
- advice, information and education;
- elimination of social isolation and the promotion of the independent functioning of members;
- awareness of methodology in case of complaints;
- nterdisciplinary cooperation between relevant scientific, medical, paramedical and social sectors;
- early recognition of a condition.
Furthermore the organisation promotes scientific research to improve diagnostics and diagnostic tools and is affiliated with the Patiëntenfederatie Nederland and the Pain Platform Nederland (PPN).

Liga Reumatològica Catalana


The Lliga Reumatològica Catalana, is a non-profit association, declared of Public Utility, formed of people affected by one or more rheumatic diseases, their family and friends. Our goals are to raise awareness about these diseases, inform and educate people living with them, provide activities and services that help the self-empowerment and responsibility for the managing of the day-to-day disease, as well as represent the people of this collective to improve their quality of life and social inclusion, transferring their concerns and defending their rights before the various administrations and competent authorities.

Ultimately, be the VOICE of all the people with any of the different rheumatic diseases.

Neil Betteridge Associates


Neil Betteridge Associates Limited is a private limited company which acts as an independent patient representative. More than 25 years of experience in strategic leadership, public affairs and high level communication as well as first-hand experience of living with chronic pain make Neil Betteridge a real expert in this field.

Lifting The Burden


Lifting the burden is a charitable non-governmental organisation. Its one purpose is to lead and direct the Global Campaign against Headache which aims to bring better health care to people with headache, thereby reducing the burden of headache worldwide. Membership is by invitation of the Board of Directors only, and at the discretion of the Directors. It is offered to active collaborators in the Global Campaign (past or present) and those who have established an active interest in it.

Myeloma Euronet Romania (MER)


Myeloma Euronet Romania (MER) is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the patients both at the national and European level. MER is one of the founding members of Pain Alliance Europe and a full member of several European patients organizations such as ECPC, MPE and EURORDIS.

Latvian Association for Study of Pain - LASP


The Latvian Association for the Study of Pain is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health care providers and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate the knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

Leukaemie-Online e.V. / LeukaNET e.V.


Leukämie-Online e.V./LeukaNET, founded in 2002, is an independent and vital virtual community for leukemia patients in German-speaking countries. This web-based network provides support to patients by translating and reporting news about new research publications and various treatment options for leukemia. The web site also provides background information about different forms of the disease, about treatment options and other relevant information necessary to talk to a patient's physician of choice. Leukämie-Online has no commercial interests and is a registered not-for-profit charity in Germany. The web community has been developed, run and financed by patients.

Österreichische Schmerzgesellschaft (ÖSG)


It is among the main objectives of the Austrian Pain Society (Österreichische Schmerzgesellschaft, ÖSG) to unite all pain researchers in Austria and to improve the conditions for scientific activities in this field. However, the promotion of comprehensive and structured pain care throughout the country, as well as training and education in the field of pain medicine are among our priorities. We need to join forces in order to advance the process of optimizing pain care and pain management for all patients in Need.

National Association of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (ANDAR)


The Portugal Association of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients was created on 5 April 1995, and headquartered in Lisbon, Pavilion 24.
In July of 1996 the organisation becomes recognized as a private institution of social solidarity.It is intended for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, their families, and all those who identify with the goals of the Association. This Organisation provides medical support to the people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and social support to their family and friends.

Osservatorio Italiano Cure Palliative (OICP)

Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz (Austrian Red Cross)


The Austrian Red Cross is one of the world's 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, and thus part of the largest humanitarian movement in the globe, with around 8,300 professional and more than 73,000 volunteer employees.

Their tasks include: emergency services, health and social services, blood donation, disaster relief and development cooperation, as well as education and training. The Red Cross understands itself as a helper of the state authorities and is committed to a human and livable society. 

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geriatrie und Gerontologie (ÖGGG)


The Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology was established in 1955. It is a non-profit organization, a scientific association with the aims of promoting research of aging and of geriatric and gerontologic knowledge.

Neurologiskt Handikappades Riksförbund

National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)


The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. NCPC offers a wide range of services to enable people to deliver excellent end of life care whenever and wherever it is needed. A considerable number of publications written by expert teams as well as conferences, workshops and trainings shall furthermore ensure that palliative and end of life care stays high on the national agenda. NCPC also works with providers across all sectors including hospices, national charities, care homes, supported housing, hospitals, general practice and primary care, social care, public academic institutions, and health and social care commissioners.


Netherlands Interstitial Cystitis Patients Organization (ICP)


The Interstitial Cystitis Patient Association promotes the interests of IC patients. They gather information about the disease, provide more awareness about IC and bring in various ways fellow sufferers with each other in contact for a listening ear and exchanging experiences. Experiences of patients are increasingly considered to be an important source of knowledge, while organisations such as their association seek to strengthen the positions of its members.

Instituto Mediterráneo de Dolor y Anestesia Regional (IMEDAR)

German Maltese Medical Society (GMMS)


The German-Maltese Medical Society (GMMS) was founded in 1999 under the patronage of the German-Maltese Circle. The institution focusses on the exchange of scientific knowledge, on the education of health care professionals as well as on the organisation of exchange programmes for students and children of GMMS members. GMMS also supports clinical studies.

Getidor: Grupo de Estudio, Trabajo e Investigación del Dolor Crónico en Rehabilitación

Instituto Aragonès de Ciencias de la Salud (IACS)


The Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud (IACS) aims to contribute to a high quality health system. Research and innovation as well as education and economical growth are considered to be the motor for further development.

IETID: Instituto para el Estudio y Tratamiento Integral de Dolor

Instituto Catalan de Oncologia (ICO)


The Catalan Institute of Oncology aims to reduce the impact of cancer in Catalonia. Work should not be limited to diagnosis and treatment, but the patient and his family have to be in the center of all efforts. Both are important, quality in treating the individual and quality in treating the disease.

herescon gmbh


Xcenda is a scientific, contract research and consulting agency for healthcare-related studies. We specialize in the benefit analysis of pharmaceuticals, AMNOG dossiers, pricing and reimbursement, analysis of primary and secondary research data, health services research, health economic evaluation, as well as scientific communication (publications, workshops, presentations).

For decades they have been active in the fields of health economics, as well as health services and risk research, and also believe that this long-term experience has great value in a rapidly changing world.


International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO)


The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) is a global alliance representing patients all over the world. Its mission is to promote patient-centred healthcare. The intensive co-operation with patients‘ organizations, the influence on international and national healthcare policies as well as the development of cross-sector alliances shall help to reach this aim. In 2017, the Alliance counts 276 members and represents patients from 71 countries and 50 disease areas.

Health First Europe Secretariat


Health First Europe is a non-profit, non-commercial alliance of patients, healthcare workers, academics and healthcare experts and the medical technology industry. The mission is to ensure that equitable access to modern, innovative and reliable medical technology and healthcare is regarded as a vital investment in the future of Europe. Every European citizen should benefit from the best medical treatments available. In order to raise awareness, the alliance organizes events and issues publications with the aim of communicating the core messages to EU decision-makers and opinion leaders.

Hellenic Society of Palliative and Symptomatic Care of Cancer and non Cancer Patients


The Hellenic Society of Palliative and Symptomatic Care of Cancer and Non Cancer Patients was founded in 1997 by and has got between 380 and 400 members actually. These include physicians of various specialties, but mainly specialized in the treatment of chronic pain, nurses, psychologists, etc.

Generalitat Valenciana - Consellería de Sanitat

Finnish Association for the Study of Pain


The Finnish Association for the Study of Pain (FASP) was founded in 1996 to promote and improve multidisciplinary research and treatment of pain in Finland. Other objectives are to increase public and political awareness of pain, to legitimate diseases associated with pain and to improve the working conditions of professionals working in the field of pain. End of 2017, the association had 1050 regular members.

Irish Pain Society (IPS)


The Irish Pain Society believes that every individual suffering from a chronic pain condition has the right to access appropriate information for the better understanding of his/her condition. It believes all patients should have access to the highest possible standard of care, from appropriately trained clinicians, in facilities adequately equipped to meet their needs. The society endeavours to promote public awareness of persistent pain as a chronic illness, which seriously impacts quality of life for patients and their families. The society believes that greater recognition and understanding is required at government level so that greater resources are made available to meet the needs of patients suffering from this condition.

Junta de Andalucía - Consejería de Salud y Bienestar Social

Galician Society of Pain and Palliative Care


Galician Pain Society is a professional society, multidisciplinary and non-profit organization that focuses on pain management and palliative care. It is composed of health professionals with different specialties and backgrounds, especially physicians, but also psychologist and graduates in nursing (210 members).

Its objectives are:

  1. promote scientific research about mechanisms and treatment of pain,
  2. raise public awareness on this problem,
  3. encourage the continuous improvement in assessment and therapy of patients suffering pain.

The society is willing to endorse the “Societal Impact of Pain” since it is a very relevant initiative and very good opportunity for key stakeholders to exchange their best practices in pain, and create consensus for future collaborations on improving pain care.

Geriatric Medicine Society e.V.


The Geriatric Medicine Society e.V. is a multidisciplinary network which has been founded to discuss the implications of the demographic changes of the society on drug therapy and to constantly increase the number of experts in this field. Medicines for older patients are discussed from a holistic perspective. The Geriatric Medicines Society e.V. is officially registered in Aachen and received its non-for-profit status in 2010.

Hellenic Society of Algology / Greek Chapter of IASP & EFIC


The Hellenic Society of Algology is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health care providers and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate the knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

International Painful Bladder Foundation (IPBF)


Jane Meijlink


The International Painful Bladder Foundation is a voluntary non-profit organisation that raises awareness of Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome, Hunner Lesion, Hypersensitive Bladder, Chronic Pelvic Pain and comorbidities worldwide through its website, e-newsletter, publications and presentations, with the aim of ensuring that patients worldwide get the right diagnosis and have access to the right treatment and care. The IPBF helps support groups get started and provides them and existing groups with the latest information on developments.  The IPBF plays an advisory role, stimulates and participates in research, standardization of terminology and definitions, guidelines and international discussions and encourages international cooperation.

Italian Society of Neurological Rehabilitation


The Italian Society of Neurological Rehabilitation is a member of the WFNR (World Federation for Neurorehabilitation), a worldwide organisation representing national organisations in the field of neurological rehabilitation. It promotes the exchange of information, knowledge and ideas between the disciplines involved in treating patients with neurological disorders.

Instituto de Estudios de Ciencias de la Salud de Castilla y León


The Instituto de Estudios de Ciencias de la Salud de Castilla y León aims to contribute to a high quality health system. Research and innovation as well as education and economical growth are considered to be essential for further development.

International Headache Society (IHA)


The International Headache Society (IHS) is a worldwide membership organisation for those with a professional commitment to helping people affected by headache. As a charity, the purpose of IHS is to advance headache science, education, and management, and promote headache awareness worldwide. The society has got around 1,300 ordinary members and is based in London.

Grünenthal GmbH


The Grünenthal Group is an entrepreneurial, science-based pharmaceutical company specialized in pain, gout and inflammation. Our ambition is to deliver new products to patients in diseases with high unmet medical need.

Grünenthal is a fully integrated research & development company with a long track record of bringing innovative pain treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients. By sustainably investing in R&D above the industrial average, Grünenthal is strongly committed to innovation.

Grünenthal is an independent, family-owned company headquartered in Aachen, Germany. Grünenthal is present in approx. 30 countries with affiliates in Europe, Latin America and the US. Its products are sold in more than 100 countries and approx. 5,200 employees are working for the Grünenthal Group worldwide.

Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers


The Presidency of the Council of Ministers is the administrative structure which supports the Prime Minister of Italy. It is thus the Italian equivalent of the Prime Minister's Office. It contains those departments which carry out duties invested in the office of the Prime Minister.

Institute for Research in Operative Medicine (IFOM)


The Institute for Research in Operative Medicine (IFOM) at the Faculty of Health Witten/Herdecke, Germany, is an extremely research-intensive institution which is associated with the Chair of Surgical Research. The IFOM accounts for a large share of scientific performance at the Faculty of Health. Its four departments cover experimental research, clinical research, evidence-based health services research and biometrics and registry research.

Stichting Pijn-Hoop


Stichting Pijn-Hoop is a member of the Dutch collective action group Pain Patients With One Voice, aiming to make people suffering from chronic pain speak with one voice to care providers, the pharmaceutical industry, insurers, politicians and government.

Pain Toolkit


Pete Moore, suffering from pain himself, had learned that certain skills helped him to face his problems actively and to lead a better life. Based on his own experience, he published a small booklet with information and useful tips.

This Pain Toolkit shall help people to realize a kind of pain self management.

Palliatives Netzwerk für die Region Aachen e.V.


The Network Palliative Care in the Region of Aachen is a non-profit organization, which founded in 2008. The association has about 60 members, all institutions of public health Care. Together they see their common task to improve the care of the end of life in the region in the west of Germany.

Societat Catalano-Balear d´Oncologia


The Catalan-Balearic Islands Society of Oncology was founded in 1964 as a result of the desire of different doctors who attended to patients with cancer to share their experiences and knowledge. The company is in the framework of the Academy of medical sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and for this reason, since its foundation was formed by professionals of both communities.
The society organises various academic activities for its members and supports working groups that want to set up to study and promote common projects in the field of oncology. Finally, with the participation of its partners advises different organisations that cater to cancer sick as well as the Department of Health for those tasks that require it as well.

Sociedad Española de Medicina de Urgencias y Emergencias (SEMES)


The following are the primary purposes of the SEMES:

- to promote the existence of emergency assistance systems and health emergencies that cover the entire population;
- to ensure the quality of emergency assistance;
- to promote the continuing training of health and non-sanitary personnel in these disciplines;
- to encourage research in the field of medicine and emergency assistance as well as promote the stimulation and organization of scientific meetings;
- to ensure the social recognition and professional dignity of the groups involved.

Sociedad Murciana de Geriatría y Gerontología (SMGG)


The Murcian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology is a non-profit scientific association created more than 20 years ago. Its main objective is to ensure the wellbeing and improvement of the quality of life of the elderly in the region of Murcia, so their activity is being directed to:
- promoting the study of the aging process and the development of geriatrics;
- promoting the relationship between professionals dedicated to the care of older people;
- designing educational, social and health actions, responding to the needs of the elderly and their caregivers;
- advising and supporting regional and local organisations that deal with the social and health problems of older people.
- collaborating with university institutions, public or private, other scientific associations and associations of seniors for the achievement of their main objective.

Sociedad Española de Medicos de Residencia (SEMER)


The Spanish Society of Physicians is a scientific society integrated by physicians who develop their professional work in public and private nursing homes. The organisation primary goals are to:

- develop the cultural, social, professional and economic field of the physicians, both in the public and the private sector, within the Spanish territory;   

- promote clinical and surgical progress in the study and treatment of diseases of the elderly;   

- promote, coordinate and contribute to the realisation of scientific programs related to the problems of the elderly;

- promoting, helping and coordinating the social and sanitary activities in the field of the medicine;

- developing information and public education programs on the pathology of the elderly.   

Sociedad Asturiana de Medicina Física y Rehabilitación (SAMEFYR)


SAMEFYR is a scientific, non-profit entity within the framework of the health sciences applied to people with a deficit, disability and / or handicap. Attached as regional society to the Spanish Society for Rehabilitation (SERMEF), currently has 80 members. Its objectives include bring together graduates in Medicine with an interest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; improve scientific partnerships and exchange experience among members of society and other professionals; represent the Rehabilitation at the Civil Society, Public Institutions and Private Companies Administration of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; foster collaboration with other national or international organisations.

Suomen Kipu ry – Finnish Pain Association


The Finnish Pain Association was founded in 1991 when a group of pain related people recognised the need for an own association to support interest of people living with chronic pain. The aim of the association is to improve the conditions of people living with chronic pain by increasing the knowledge of pain and of its impact on everyday life. The Finnish Pain Association aspires to develop cooperation between home, work, environment, politicians and especially with healthcare organizations. Important elements are information, skills and the willingness to help.

The Finnish Pain Association is a member of the Pain Alliance in Europe (PAE).

Sociedad Española de Oncología Radioterápica (SEOR)

Swedish Association for Survivors of Accident and Injury (RTP)


The Swedish Association for Survivors of Accident and Injury (RTP) has got about 10.000 members in 50 local organisations all over Sweden. It aims to empower the victims of road traffic accidents and other accidents as well as people who survived polio to manage their own lives and to participate in social life.

Sociedad Española de Heridas (SEHER)

Pain Alliance Europe (PAE)


PAE is a pan-European umbrella organisation of 36 national associations in 17 EU member states representing over 350,000 individual chronic pain patients. 

For PAE, quality of life for a chronic pain patient means giving the patient the right to choose the best possible solutions and support to live his life according to his possibilities and wishes. It aims to promote awareness for chronic pain, to promote a European policy on chronic pain and to reduce the impact of chronic pain on the European society on all areas.


PAE’s vision is to create a Europe in which chronic-pain patients can have access, without any boundaries, to the best possible treatment for them.

Mission and objectives

  • To improve the quality of life of people living with pain in Europe.
  • To have chronic pain recognised as a disease in its own right.
  • To raise awareness of pain in all areas.
  • To promote research into all aspects of pain such as medical, social, psychological and economical.
  • To provide a voice for pain at European level through clinicians, scientists, policymakers and politicians.

Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain (APED)


The Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain (Associação Portuguesa para o Estudo da Dor, APED) aims to promote the study, teaching and dissemination of pathophysiological mechanisms, means of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pain according to the parameters established by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

PAIN OUT - improvement in postoperative PAIN OUTcome


PAIN OUT is a research project designed to develop effective, evidence-based approaches to improve care of pain in patients after surgery ( Launched in January 2009, with four-year funding from the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program, PAINOUT started with 17 clinical and research partners in 9 European countries. By end of 2015, more than 200 hospitals have joined PAIN OUT or its German counterpart QUIPS, having collected more than 450,000 datasets.

PAIN OUT created an Acute Pain Registry and developed tools for data collection, feedback and benchmarking. It provides the medical community with a unique, web-based, user-friendly system to improve treatment of patients experiencing postoperative pain. Furthermore, it provides a large platform for observational and prospective research.

PAIN OUT is endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain and is an official research group of the European Society of Anaesthesiology. Its coordination and project management is done by Prof. Winfried Meissner and his team at Jena University Hospital.

Sociedad Española de Medicina Oral (SEMO)


Sociedad Española de Medicina Oral (SEMO) is the association of the dentists in Spain. It is a scientific and medical Organisation, which was founded in May 1988 in Madrid. SEMO is working together with many other national and international medical societies.

Professional Health Association (PHA; Asociacioni Shëndetësor Profesional)


PHA is one of the largest professional associations multidisciplinary for treatment of pain in Kosovo. It includes health professionals actively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of pain. For future development of pain services there are some challenges and opportunities: the allocation of sub-specialization or specialization for pain specialist by the specializations committee in the MOH, the establishment of counselling for patients with pain, the opening of public centres for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. A good opportunity to improve this situation is to insert the subject of “Pain and its Management” in secondary middle schools of medicine, as well as in the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Medicine.

Sociedad Española de Fisioterapia y Dolor (SEFID)


The Spanish Society of Physiotherapy and Pain (SEFID) is a multidisciplinary scientific society, founded in April 2009 with the intention of promoting advances in research and study of pain, and to get this new knowledge to improve the care of the pain patient.

Sociedad Española de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria (SEMFYC)


The SemFYC is the federation of 17 family and community medicine societies that exist in Spain and gathers around 19,000 specialists in family medicine. The SemFYC is a scientific-medical society whose main goal is to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency, viability and equity of the National Health system through the development of family and community medicine, promoting excellence through a wide range of services that respond to the needs and expectations of family physicians and doctors.

Spanish Society of Health Quality (SECA)


The Spanish Society of Health Quality is a scientific organisation, aiming to improve the quality of care in the medical field. Founded in 1984 by a group of professionals, the organisation hosts an annual congress of Quality Care with the main activities to promote the exchange of information between everyone related to quality management. This annual congress gives the opportunity to debate the problems in the field of care giving with scientific societies, health centres, hospitals, schools and many others.

Sociedad Madrileña del Dolor (SMD)


La Sociedad Madrilena del Dolor aims to support all kind of activity in the field of pain treatment and pain management, e.g. educational programs and scientific research. It is a member of the Sociedad Espanola del Dolor.

Sociedad Española de Hospitalización a Domicilio (SEHAD)

Societat Catalana de Qualitat Assistencial


The Societat Catalana de Qualitat Assistencial (SCQA) has been founded in 1998. It promotes the scientific discussion in order to increase the quality level of the regional health services. Furthermore, it supports its members in the exertion of their profession.

Sociedad Española de Fracturas

Sociedad Española de Salud Laboral en la Administración Pública (SESLAP)

Sociedad Extremeña de Geriatría y Gerontología (SOGGEX) – Geriatric and Gerontology Society from Extremadura


Extremaduran Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SOGGEX) is a medical, scientific and nonprofit society, which groups geriatricians and other health professionals. Its principal aiming is improving health care of elderly and promotion and developing of Geriatric Medicine in the region of Extremadura (Spain).

Sociedad Española de Cuidados Paliativos (SECPAL)


On January 8, 1992 in Madrid is founded and registered the Spanish Society of Palliative Care (SECPAL) that brings together various health professionals: medical oncologists, physicians and health centers, anesthesiologists, nurses, social workers, psychologists. All those who in their daily tasks attend, care for and comfort patients who are not curable.

Red Española para la defensa de los enfermos de fibromialgia, síndrome de fatiga crónica y sensibilidad química múltiple (RED FM-SFC-SQM)


The Spanish Network for the defence of Sufferers of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, & Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, was created to reach the people affected by the mentioned illnesses living beyond the borders of the regional autonomy of Galicia. The Association’s Mission is to represent and defend the rights and global interests of people suffering from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, as well as those of their families, both nationally and internationally. The fundamental aim of the Association is to obtain solutions to needs faced by people affected by these three diseases, as well as their families.

Sociedad Aragonesa del Dolor


Founded in 2005, the Sociedad Aragonesa del Dolor (SAD) aims to increase all kind of knowledge about pain, pain treatment and pain management. It is a member of the Sociedad Espanola del Dolor, the national umbrella organisation, and it is actively in contact with the other regional organisations in Spain.

Sociedad Española de Medicos Generales y de Familia (SEMG)


SEMG is the scientific Society of the General Practitioner, whose mission is to consolidate the representation of the general and family physicians and to strengthen their position in front of the official organs, the sanitary administration and the citizenship.
Its objective is the scientific research and professional development of the general and family medicine and of the professionals that practice it, all of it put at the service of the population to guarantee the health and the quality of life of the patients.
The SEMG was created in 1988 by a group of general practitioners who understood the need to organise a scientific society around the ones who practiced in the field of general medical consultations.

SINE DOLORE – Asociación Española de Pacientes Contra el Dolor


Sine Dolore European Pain Foundation e is an association that brings together scientists, health professionals, patients and family members to make pain visible. It is the entity that covers all the activities carried out by the Sine Dolore Assosiation, as well as those that the Foundation itself can organize directly, whose main objective, as establish by its statutes, is education and reserch, in the field of pain.




SARquavitae is an established company offering care services in Spain. Among these services are nursing homes, tele care and home care.

Societat Catalana de Gestió Sanitària (SCGS)


SED The International Association for the Study of Pain brings together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

Societat Catalana del Dolor


The Catalan society of Pain is a non-profit Organisation, which is aiming to:
- connect all medical and scientific staff in the area of study and treatment of pain;
- contribute to the improvement of their scientific associates;
- promote the development of study and treatment of pain;
- advise public agencies and private companies about the impact and treatment of pain;
- establish the means for further studies in the field of pain;
- collaborate with universities regarding the scientific and technical development of the pain treatment;

Sociedad Española de Médicos de Atención Primaria (SEMERGEN)


The Spanish Society of Primary care physicians, is founded as a scientific and professional society that has as a fundamental goal the promotion of the general and family medicine, collaborating in the improvement of the assistance to the population; Improving the professional competence of physicians in this field of medicine, encouraging research, developing continuing education and defending the ethical, professional and labor interests of its members in accordance with current legislation and ethical principles.

Programa de Prevenció i Atenció a la Cronicitat

Societat Catalano-Balear de Cures Palliatives (SCBCP)


The Catalan society of palliative care was founded in Barcelona in June 1993 and has as its objectives to:
- group all the graduates and specialists who have an interest or relationship in palliative care;
- promote awareness of the palliative care in clinical and social scientific level;
- promote the application of existing knowledge about palliative care and research in this are of medicine;
- advise public agencies and private companies in the field of palliative care;
- promote cooperation with other national and international companies;
- promote the development of resources for adequate assistance;
- recognize and promote the rights of patients and their families.

Sociedad Española de Disfunción Craneomandibular y Dolor Orofacial (SEDCYDO)


The SEDCYDO is a non-profit scientific association that brings together professionals interested in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from craniomandibular dysfunction and orofacial pain.

Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI)

Pain Concern


Pain Concern is a recognised charity that aims to support people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals.

Pain Concern uses media platforms in order to inform people and to raise awareness for those suffering from chronic pain. Pain should ideally be faced together – this central idea is also reflected in the make-up of the team.

Sociedad Española de Traumatologia Laboral (SETLA)


Founded in July, 2000, the Spanish society of Traumatology aims to group all specialists in orthopedic surgery and traumatology, interested in research, teaching and assistance in this field of medicine.

Presidenza della Regione Abruzzo

Societe Francaise d'Etude et de Traitement de la Douleur (SFETD)


The SFETD is the French chapter of IASP. Since 2000 it became the main multidisciplinary organization that includes both scientists and clinicians interested in pain in France. SFETD has more than 1200 health professionals involved in the study and treatment of pain.

The main objectives of SFETD are to bring together scientists, health care professionals to stimulate, improve and support the study of pain throughout France. SFETD strongly interacts with policy makers with the aim to translate knowledge into improved pain relief.

Plataforma SinDOLOR


NoPAIN PLATFORM is a project born in 2008 from a collaboration agreement between the Foundation for Health Research (FUINSA) and the Grunenthal Foundation. Both foundations had the common objective of improving pain-related patient care in Spain. The purpose of the NoPain PLATFORM is to define, develop and establish measures to address issues related to different aspects involved in pain management such as research, training and care of pain, bringing together all the agents involved in those processes.

Slovak Society for Study and Treatment of Pain (SSSTP)


Chronic pain is a specific healthcare problem, a disease in its own right. The Slovak Society for Study and Treatment of Pain (SSSTP) is member of EFIC and IASP. The SSSTP has been established in 1993, it has got 200 members, doctors, mainly pain specialists and anaesthesiologists with special interest in the treatment and assessment of acute, chronic and cancer pain. The SSSTP participated on all European against pain campaigns.



Painaustralia’s strategic plan has six principles that guide our work to improve healthcare for people living with pain:

  1. Recognition of chronic pain as a complex multi-dimensional chronic condition in its own right
  2. Assessment and treatment of chronic pain must address the physical, psychological and environmental/social factors that play a key role in chronic pain
  3. Person centred care for chronic pain at all levels of the health System
  4. Rights and validation of the person in pain and recognition of their families and carers
  5. Whole of community awareness and responsibility to support people with chronic pain
  6. Intervention at an early stage of transition from acute (e.g. postoperative) pain to chronic pain

SAMFYRE:Sociedad Andaluza de Medicina Física y Rehabilitación


Luis de Morales


The Sociedad Andaluza de Medicina Física y Rehabilitación (SAMFYRE) is a professional organisation aiming to develop and apply optimal care in the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine. Communication shall be facilitated, political and public awareness increased and education/training facilities improved.

Sociedad Aragonesa de Cuidados Paliativos


Palliative care is based on a global, active and continuous conception that includes the attention of the physical, psychic, social and spiritual aspects of the people in terminal situation, whilst the main objectives being the welfare and the promotion of the dignity and autonomy of the sick and his family.

The company has the following goals:

- to promote knowledge with solid scientific bases through the education and training of the professionals involved;
- to gather those people related to the care of patients in terminal situation, their families and caregivers;
- to promote research studies that result in an improvement in the quality of care.

Pelvic Pain Support Network


The Pelvic Pain Support Network is a registered charity led by patients with a board of trustees who are all patients or carers. The network supports people with pelvic pain, their families and their carers with information and advocacy. Furthermore, it promotes education sessions about pelvic pain and it also encourages research to increase knowledge and understanding.

Sociedad Española Del Dolor (SED, Spanish Society of Pain)


The Spanish Society of Pain (SED) is a professional, multidisciplinary, non-profit association, founded in June 1990 with the intention of promoting scientific research on the mechanisms and treatment of pain, raise awareness on this issue and encourage the constant improvement in the assessment and therapy of patients suffering pain.

The Spanish Society of Pain is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) as well as a chapter of the European Pain Federation EFIC, which in turn are referred to pain issues in the World Health Organization. The Spanish Society of Pain integrates professionals of different specialties and degrees, including medicine, pharmacists, psychologists, physiotherapists and nursing.




Palliactief is a multidisciplinary association in the Netherlands which is dedicated entirely to palliative care. It emerged from the NPTN, the Network Palliative Care for Terminal Patients Netherlands, and it is open for all professionals working in palliative care.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK


Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK  is an extremely severe facial pain that tends to come and go unpredictably in sudden shock-like attacks. It is normally triggered, e.g. by light touch, and is described as stabbing, shooting or burning. It usually lasts for a few seconds but there can be many bursts of pain in quick succession.

PijnPlatform Nederland (PPN)


The PPN is a non-profit, volunteer organisation. One of the goals is to accomplish cooperation between patients-organisations on the subject of pain. The cooperation is important because pain is still a greatly underestimated problem in the Netherlands. A great number of diseases is related with pain. Together with the different organisations we want to improve the circumstances and treatment (possibilities) for pain-patients.

Sociedad Valenciana de Medicina Paliativa (SVMP)


Sociedad Valenciana de Medicina Paliativa (SVMP) a scientific society, with a multidisciplinary character, whose main objective is to work to provide quality of care in the end of life process of those people, patients and families, who live with a life-threatening disease.
The Organisation is committed to a global, active and continuous attention, affirming life and considering death as a normal process that is part of our lives.
They intend to provide an accompaniment that allows the best possible experience of a special vulnerability, through the prevention and relief of suffering, by means of early identification and impeccable evaluation and treatment of any physical, psychological, social or spiritual problem.
The also have as a priority the proper training of professionals, the promotion of research as a tool to generate solid scientific bases, the awareness of society in matters related to the end of life and the involvement of the administration as guarantor of the existence of sufficient resources for the care of patients and relatives.

Swedish Pain Society


The Swedish Pain Society aims to promote collaboration, development and education regarding the diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of pain in Sweden. The Society is multidiciplinary and multiprofessional joining physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and specialists in paediatric and orofacial pain.

Sociedad Castellano Leonesa de Rehabilitación y Medicina Fisica


The Sociedad Castellano Leonesa de Medicina Fìsica is a member of SERMEF, the national umbrella organisation for rehabilitation medicine. It aims to develop and apply optimal care in the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine. Communication shall be facilitated on a regional and national level, political and public awareness increased and education/training facilities improved.

Sociedad Española de Directivos de la Salud (SEDISA)


The Spanish foundation of Health Executives (Fundación Subdisa) is a private non-profit organization promoted by the Spanish Society of Health Executives (MADISA), as determined in its statutes. The goal of the Fundación Sedisa is to develop activities of a teaching and outreach nature that contribute to the promotion, development, protection and management of health services and Its directives functions.

Slovensko združenje za zdravljenje bolečine (SZZB, Slovenian Association for Pain Management)


The Slovenian IASP chapter (SZZB) promotes management and general knowledge of pain. Pain is a significant factor in our society influencing the well being and quality of life.

SchmerzNetzNRW eG


In co-operation with experienced specialists, SchmerzNetzNRW offers advice and support for people planning to found a new organisaton, to establish a medical center or to invest in a network.

PAIN South Africa (PAINSA)


PainSA is the national chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) in South Africa. The society’s mission is to improve pain management in all its aspects in Southern Africa by promoting education and inter-disciplinary co-operation amongst healthcare professionals managing pain, developing management guidelines that are locally relevant, and promoting local pain research.

Russian Headache Research Society (RHRS)


The Russian Headache Research Society (RHRS) is trying to continuously improve the level of headache diagnosis and treatment in the Russian Federation.

Societat Catalana de Medicina Física i Rehabilitació


The Societat Catalana de Medicina Física i Rehabilitació is a scientific organisation.  Being part of the Academia de Ciències Mèdiques de Catalunya i Balears, it acts on a regional as well as on a national level.

Sociedad Castellano Manchega del Dolor (SCMD) - Society of Pain of Castilla la Mancha


The Sociedad Castellano Manchega del Dolor aims to increase all kind of knowledge about pain, pain treatment and pain management. It is a member of the Sociedad Espanola del Dolor (SED), the national umbrella organisation.

Sociedad Española de Directivos de Atención Primaria (SEDAP)

Portuguese Association of Palliative Care – Azorian Regional Nucleus


The Portuguese Association of Palliative Care, founded in 1995 as “National Association for Palliative Care – ANCP”, aims to promote palliative care in Portugal. Most of the founding members worked in the palliative care unit of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto (Oporto). Since they felt the need to push palliative care in Portugal they decided to bring together professionals from different areas and with different backgrounds in a professional association.

Swiss Headache Society


Founded in 1995, the Swiss Headache Society (SKG) aims to improve headache research, diagnostic and treatment. Patients and their families are invited to contact the organisation, which gives detailled advice about different types of headaches and therapies. SKG is a member of the „European Headache Federation“ and joined the „International Headache Society“ in 1996.

Portuguese Association of Palliative Care


The current Portuguese Association of Palliative Care was founded on the 21 of July 1995, with the designation of “National Association for Palliative Care – ANCP”. The founding members, who mostly worked in the palliative care unit of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto (Oporto), felt the need and the obligation to promote palliative care in Portugal, so they decided to bring together professionals from different areas of interest in this field and established a professional association that brings together so many areas and professional backgrounds, interested by the development and practice of palliative care.

Russian Association for the Study of Pain (RASP)


The RASP founded in 1990 is the voluntary self-directed non-for-profit public organization combining all specialists, involved in Pain Medicine in Russia. Its objectives are to promote and support scientific and clinical research in the field of physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prophylaxis of pain syndromes, to facilitate the organization and development of medical centers, special offices and laboratories for the treatment of pain syndromes; assistance in training of specialists in Pain Medicine.

Liga Portuguesa Contra as Doenças Reumaticas (LPCDR, Portuguese League against Rheumatic Diseases)


When 30% of Portuguese suffers from chronic pain we have to take control.
In Patient Group of Chronic Pain, (LPCDR,2014), we want to preserve the dignity and well-being; manage its impact and take control, cooperate/disseminate action-driven good practices, disclose, inform, raise public awareness and call to action; and identify scientific & therapeutic approaches.

Sociedad Canaria del Dolor (SCD) – Canarian Society of Pain


The Socieded Canaria del Dolor (SCD) is a professional, multidisciplinary association. Being a member of the Sociedad Espanola del Dolor (SED), it aims to improve pain treatment and pain management as well as scientific research and public awareness.

Patientenschutzorganisation Deutsche Hospiz Stiftung


"The person is the focus of our work. Every day, the people concerned and their relatives turn to us with their worries and needs. We offer advice and time for a competent answer of all questions about patient protection for seriously ill and dying people. Our organisation advises parliamentarians from the Bundestag, parliaments and ministries as well as scientific institutes. "

Pain Nursing Magazine – Italian Online Journal


Pain Nursing Magazine, Italian online Journal is published by the Paolo Procacci Foundation and it’s the first publication for nurses completely dedicated to Pain Patients and to those taking care of them, Nurses as well as Physicians. It is generally recognized nowadays that pain is the first cause people request medical assistance for, and the Pain in Europe Survey demonstrates that the prevalence of chronic non-cancer pain ranges 19% within Europe and 26% within Italy.

Sociedad Madrileña de Gereatría y Gerontología (SEGG)


The Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG) was founded in 1948 in Madrid, Spain, initially including less than a hundred geriatric and gerontology doctors. According to the regulations of the IAG, the SEGG is made up of three specific sections: clinical, biological and social sciences and behavior. The Society has also been a founding member of the European Society of Geriatric Medicine (EUGMS), and in Spain of the Federation of Scientific Medical Associations (FACME), participating in both associations in a very active way. The main objectives of the Organisation are:

- to encourage the advancement of knowledge of the process of human aging;
- to group researchers and practitioners who study and work on issues related to it;
- to promote actions aimed at improving the quality of life of elderly people;
- to advise and support health and social agencies and legally recognised institutions that address the health and social problems of old age;
- to design and promote systems of care and training in geriatrics and gerontology. 

Sociedad Castellano Léonesa de Dolor


The Sociedad para el Estudio del Dolor de Castilla y Léon aims to increase all kind of knowledge about pain, pain treatment and pain management. It is a member of the Sociedad Espanola del Dolor, the national umbrella organisation.

Direção Regional da Saúde - Plano Regional de Saúde 2014-2016 (Regional Health Directorate - Health Regional Plan 2014 - 2016)


Maria Teresa Flor-de-Lima, MD, MSc


From 2009 to 2013 the Department of Health of the Azorean Autonomic Government organized a Regional Program for Pain Control, considered a Good Practice to treat better pain of Azorean people (260.000 inhabitants in nine islands in the Atlantic). It was classified as a Good Practice at national and international level; the major objectives were: organization, education and information, supported by the 5 principles of pain control:

1-      Pain as a subjective symptom

2-      Pain registered as the 5th vital sign

3-      Need of multidisciplinary team to treat complex chronic pain patients

4-      To treat pain is an human right

5-      The health Institutions have the obligation to support pain control


In the 2014-2016 Regional Health Plan, the continuity of the strategies defined was directed to better education of General Practitioners and information of all health professionals and public about the strategies to prevent, to treat chronic pain and to reduce the social impact of pain.

Now, till 2020, the health care providers are aware of the impact of pain in persons, families and the own society and extended the strategies.

We consider Pain as a quality indicator for health systems and found in the SIP platform the place to:

  1. address the societal impact of pain
  2. study the impact of pain on labour and employment
  3. disseminate models and best practices in pain policy
  4. exchange knowledge, monitor services and outcomes in order to improve better pain treatment.

So, we endorse SIP 2017 and the aims proposed.


Maria Teresa Flor-de-Lima, MD, MSc

Phone:  (+351) 962360430 


Sociedad Murciana de Dolor


Founded in 2011, the Sociedad Murciana del Dolor is a professional and multidisciplinary organisation aiming to support all kind of activity in the field of pain treatment and pain management. It also tries to raise public awareness on this problem.

Sociedad Valenciana Terapéutica del Dolor (SOVTED)

Sociedad Andaluza de Geriatría y Gerontolgía (SAGG)


The goals of this Society are:

  1. To promote the current knowledge of the human ageing process, by means of clinic observation and research which may be performed upon living organisms, as well as socioeconomic researches.
  2. To gather researchers and clinicians studying aging problems in order to connect them to the International Society of Gerontology.
  3. To direct and assess problems related to medical and social welfare services concerning aging.
  4. To conduct campaigns on protection and prevention of aging and aimed at improving the quality of life of elderly people.
  5. To design and promote trainings and continuing education on aging sciences.
  6. To use possibilities granted by new information and communication technologies.

Spanish Association of Patients with Neuropathic pain, Trigeminal neuralgia and mporomandibular pathology (AEPA ATM)


The Spanish Association of Patients with Neuropathic Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Temporomandibular Pathology (AEPA ATM) is a nonprofit patient advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care of everyone affected by Neuropathic Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Temporomandibular Disorders. AEPA ATM is inscribed on the Register of Associations maintained by the Ministry of Interior of Spain. AEPA ATM has helped hundreds of patients since it was first established in 2006.

As more than 20% of the population in Spain suffer different types of pain, our main goal is to raise awareness on the importance of leading to the right diagnosis and treatment of pain.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Medicina Física e Reabilitação (SPMFR)


The global aim of rehabilitation, provided on a national level by the Portuguese society of medical and rehabilitation staff, is to allow disabled individuals to lead the life they want, in the context of any inevitable restrictions imposed by the disabilities resulting from illness or injury.

In practice, this situation is achieved by a combination of measures to:
- supply or create solutions for their disabilities;
- remove or reduce barriers to participation in the social activities chosen by the individual;
- support their reintegration into society.

Sociedad de Acupuntura Médica de España (SAME)

Swiss Association for the Study of Pain (SGSS/SSED)


To raise quality standards in pain treatment the Swiss Association for the Study of Pain has put up a title “pain specialist SASP®”. Already 70 physicians, psychologists and health professionals have been qualified for the title, the number is growing.

Polskie Towarzystwo Badania Bolu (Polish Association for the Study of Pain)


The Polish Association for the Study of Pain, Polish Chapter of IASP, was founded in 1991 as a professional organization to promote research, education and pain treatment. At the end of 2015 there were 580 members of various medical and non-medical specialties.

The main objectives of the organization are initiating and supporting research on the mechanisms, symptomatology and treatment of pain; integrating basic scientists, medical doctors of various specialties and other health care professionals interested in pain medicine; promoting the current advances in diagnosis and treatment of pain.

European Brain Council (EBC)


Established in March 2002, EBC is a non-profit organisation gathering patient associations, major brain-related societies and industries. 165 million Europeans are living with a brain disorder, causing a global cost (direct and indirect) exceeding 800 billion euros for the National Health budgets.

EBC's mission is to improve quality of life and to promote brain research through increased cooperation with EBC members organisations; promotion of dialogue between scientists, industry and society; interactions with the European Commission, the European Parliament and other relevant international institutions; raise in awareness and promotion of education on the brain.

Department of Health of the Regional Government of Cantabria (Gobierno de Cantabria, Consejería de Sanidad y Servicios Sociales)


The Department of Health of the Regional Government of Cantabria is aiming to strengthen Health Sciences in the region. Both public institutions and private companies have an important role in the future development of this discipline.

Federdolore-Società Italiana dei Clinici del Dolore


FederDolore is a clinic, where of importance are nurses and psychologist - the ones who share with the patient the experience of healing after a traumatic event. Part of this organisation are not only medical workers, but also public and private health institutions, scientific societies, associations of citizens and many other. FederDolore aims to interact with the national health system, improve the quality of care and help many patients manage their pain.

Dutch Pain Society


The Dutch Pain Society values, supports and facilitates multidimensional pain treatment. Its main objective is to improve pain management in order to achieve less pain, less burden and less functional limitation.

Asociación Nacional de Enfermería Comunitaria (AEC)

Associazione Sammarinese per lo Studio del Dolore (ASSD)


Pain is not a question of age, sex, colour or social condition. It is a societal plague and therefore it has got a political dimension, too. The Association for the Study of Pain of San Marino was founded in 2008 and offers a scientific reference to patients and healthcare professionals. It is aiming to make the combat against pain more effective.

ALGOS. Recerca en dolor (Research on Pain)


In spite of the significant advances that have been made in the control of pain, many people continue having recurring pain.

ALGOS wants to help these people, their families and also their friends to improve the quality of their lives. One of the main objectives is to promote the study and treatment of pediatric pain.

ASL 4 Teramo

Fondazione ISTUD


Fondazione ISTUD (ISTUD Foundation) is an independant business school that operates in Europe in the field of executive education, advanced livelong learning and management research. Its mission is to consolidate and spread a management culture based on corporate social responsibility, multiculturalism, professional upright and value production.

European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA)


The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) was founded in 1980 to further regional anaesthesia in Europe. Since then, more than 3,500 members all over Europe joined the association and a considerable number of congresses with excellent scientific standard was held. The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy, created in 2005, aims to establish European standards and the European Diploma in Pain Medicine Management is supposed to improve and to harmonize quality standards for safe, independent practice of pain medicine in Europe and elsewhere.

German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain (DFNS e.V.)


The main concept of the German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain (DFNS) focuses on the idea of a mechanism-based and symptom-oriented approach of neuropathic pain. In order to derive a more rational treatment of neuropathic pain, the DFNS proposes the following strategy:
•to establish a data base of patients including psychological and quantitative sensory evaluation;
•to define pathophysiological mechanisms of pain and associated symptoms as well as the development of chronic neuropathic pain;
•to introduce new and to evaluate available interventions to prevent and treat neuropathic pain on the basis of a mechanism-based and symptom-oriented approach.



CEADE (Coordinadora Española de Asociaciones de Espondiloartritis) aims to speak for all patient organisations in Spain in this field. It coordinates their cooperation and fights for the rights of their members and their social integration.



The Academy Fundolor is located in Valencia, Spain. The academy offers educational programs and trainings for people working in the vast field of pain therapy and management. Most of the courses aim to increase knowledge of neurostimulation techniques use in pain treatment, help evolve these treatments and perform pain therapies.

European Platform for Patients' Organisations, Science and Industry (EPPOSI)


Founded in 1994, the European Platform for Patients’ Organisations, Science and Industry (Epposi) is an independent, not-for-profit, partnership-based multi-stakeholder organisation based in Brussels, Belgium. Epposi’s mission is to provide a consensus-driven multi-stakeholder perspective from European patient organizations, science and industry to improve European public health outcomes.

Fibromyalgie en Samenleving (F.E.S.)


The mission of the F.E.S. is: Stand for the interest of anyone who is direct or indirect involved with Fibromyalgia. In order to live to the  mission we made up 6 main objectives in order to improve the quality of life of people living with Fibromyalgia:

  1. encourage fellow sufferers contact,
  2. provide information for patients,
  3. provide information for healthcare professionals,
  4. raising national awareness,
  5. encourage research on Fibromyalgia and
  6. keep informed on medical and legal developments.

COST Action TD1005 – Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia


COST is the acronym for 'European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research'. COST Action TD 1005 brings together leading researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines. The major aim is the development of a comprehensive and internationally agreed-on assessment toolkit for older adults targeting the various subtypes of dementia and various aspects of pain, including pain diagnostics, cognitive examination and guidelines for proper assessment. Validation of this toolkit requires joint action of both basic and clinical sciences. Only hereby, the urgently needed improvement of pain management in dementia can start.

Asociación española de enfermería de anestesia-reanimación y terapia del dolor (aseedar-td)


Founded in 1987 in Valencia, the Asociación de Enfermería en Anestesia-Reanimación y Terapia del Dolor (ASEEDAR-TD) represents the interests of nurses working in the fields of anestesia, reanimation and pain therapy. The enormous technical progress of the last years resulted in highly complex surgeries and treatments and ASEEDAR-TD claims that a nurse's work should consequently be better recognized. Health care needs to be optimized which means that an increase in efficiency, quality and security has to be realized within the existing health care system.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologische Schmerztherapie und –forschung (DGPSF)


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für psychologische Schmerztherapie und -forschung (DGPSF) is a scientific organisation for experts in the field of pain research, education and treatment. Pain is considered to be an interdisciplinary phenomena influenced by biological, psychological and social aspects.