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On 18th September 2020, the annual European Pain Forum meeting was held. This being a challenging year, the meeting was held virtually. The European Pain Federation EFIC convened the meeting to bring together all of the key organisations representing the scientific community and patients in the field of pain. The key item for discussion was the soon-to-be-released EFIC clinical practice recommendations on the use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain. EFIC hope that these recommendations are endorsed by most if not all Forum members.

Attendees were present from the following organisations;

European Academy of Neurology

European Federation of Addiction Societies

European Psychiatric Association

European Region – World Confederation of Physical therapy

European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy

European Federation of Psychologists Associations

European Society of Anaesthesiology

Pain Alliance Europe

European Headache Federation

The European Pain Forum was created to enable a platform to ensure cooperation on issues where common scientific understanding is shared. The objective of this initiative is to jointly respond to requests for expert opinion, develop common clinical guidelines and build common educational tools. Pain is a relevant and an ever-evolving topic; as a consequence, the work of different European medical, scientific and patients organisations focuses precisely on the matter. Therefore, the European Pain Forum General Provisions guide its activities and enables the forum to carry out its wish of finding a common way of working together on subjects relevant to pain. The Forum counts thirteen fully endorsing organizations so far, and more are in the process of joining.