Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is EFIC? The European Pain Federation EFIC is a multidisciplinary professional organization in the field of pain research and medicine, consisting of the 38 European Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and representing some 20,000 physicians, nurses, scientists, psychologists, physiotherapists, and other health care professionals involved in pain medicine.
Why ‘EFIC’ when your full name is the European Pain Federation? ‘EFIC’ refers to our previous name, ‘the European Federation of IASP Chapters’. We felt that this name was confusing, as it did not refer to our primary interest; pain. Our name is the European Pain Federation, though we maintain the old acronym EFIC, as many people knew us previously as EFIC.
What are the main aims of the European Pain Federation EFIC? The Federation’s aims are to advance research, education, clinical management and professional practice related to pain, and to serve as an authoritative, scientific resource concerning policy issues related to pain and its management.
How do I become a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC? Every member of a European IASP Chapter is automatically also a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC. Those who do not have an IASP Chapter in their country, or who wish to benefit from a direct relationship with the Federation can look into becoming a member of the EFIC Academy.
What is the International Association for the Study of Pain? The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is the global professional forum for science, practice, and education in the field of pain. The European Pain Federation represents IASP Chapters in Europe. Further information can be found here.
How can I form a European Pain Federation EFIC Chapter? To form a national Chapter you must first contact IASP to become an IASP Chapter. Once this has been established you can send an official letter to the European Pain Federation EFIC requesting membership as a Chapter.
What is the European Pain Federation Academy? The EFIC Academy is the primary educational programme of the European Pain Federation EFIC, where members can benefit from the most high quality educational materials based primarily on the EFIC post-graduate curricula. The EFIC Academy benefits from the highest standard of educational and scientific input from its dedicated multiprofessional Academy Board. Please note that EFIC Academy membership does not constitute ‘ordinary membership of EFIC’. Academy members do not have voting rights at the annual general meeting of EFIC. You can find out more about the EFIC Academy and apply for membership here.
If I am an ‘Academy member’ does that make me an ‘EFIC member’? No. EFIC is a Federation of IASP chapters, meaning its ordinary members are our national chapter organisations. Only our national chapters and their ‘Councillors’ have voting rights in at the annual general meeting. We recommend that EFIC Academy members also become members of their national pain society and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
Where can I view the terms of the EFIC Academy? The terms can be viewed under Point 11 here: https://europeanpainfederation.eu/how-we-work/privacy-policy/
Which medical disciplines and healthcare professions can apply for EFIC Academy Membership? All iindividual healthcare professionals and researchers looking for high quality pain education provided by leading European educators are invited to join the EFIC Academy. At present, we have dedicated content streams targeted at physicians, physiotherapists, psychologists and nurses.
What will I receive as an Academy Member?
Current benefits include:
- Free attendance to the EFIC Virtual Pain Education Summit of the year in which the membership is active.
- Reduced fees for the EFIC Congress “Pain in Europe”. A 10% reduction of the registration fee (excluded VAT) is available to all EFIC Academy members.
- Reduced fees for the EFIC exams. A 25% reduction of the examination fees (excluded VAT) is available to all EFIC Academy members.
- Open access to the highest quality online pain education material.
- Open access to the European Journal of Pain.
- The possibility of learning from and studying with your peers and with leading European educators.
What is the price of EFIC Academy membership? The price for EFIC Academy membership and all benefits can be found here: https://europeanpainfederation.eu/efic-academy/
EFIC Virtual Pain Education Summit
Is the Virtual Pain Education Summit a scientific congress? The Virtual Pain Education Summit brings together the most recognised experts in the field of pain science and education to exchange knowledge, ideas and the latest advances in the field. It is, above all, an educational meeting, organised to meet the current educational needs of the pain community. The Programme is based on and supports the EFIC education curricula.
Which medical disciplines and healthcare professions are the target audience of the virtual summit? The summit offers four educational tracks dedicated to Pain Medicine, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Nursing. Additionally, interprofessional sessions on a range of engaging topics as well as Topical Lectures on current hot topics are included. The Pain Medicine track is relevant for all medical doctors involved in the management of pain.
I’m a physiotherapist; is any of the content of the virtual summit relevant for me apart from the physiotherapists track? One of the main goals of the summit is to promote interprofessional learning, as the European Pain Federation strongly believes that all healthcare professionals benefit from expanding their knowledge on the latest advances in other fields. Therefore, we encourage attendees to explore sessions outside of their own educational track.
I’m a doctor; why would I attend an event that is marketed at non-doctors? The European Pain Federation EFIC is dedicated to multiprofessional pain management and the biopsychosocial model of pain. While we provide a track dedicated to physicians, we encourage all professionals to work and learn together for the benefit of patients.
EFIC Congress - Pain in Europe
European Journal of Pain
How can I submit a scientific paper for publication in the EJP? Author information for submission of papers can be found here.
How can I get free access to the electronic version of the EJP? If you are a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC through a national Chapter (IASP Chapter), or if you attended the last EFIC congress, then you can request free access to the online version of EJP here.
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EFIC Pain Schools
What are the European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools? The European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools are courses aimed at younger (under 45 years) European medical doctors and paramedical personnel who are interested in the field of pain and wish to advance their knowledge. These courses run for 4-5 days and focus on pain assessment and treatment for people with pain. To be eligible to apply for a grant to attend one of the Schools you need to be a European Pain Federation EFIC Chapter member.
How can I attend? Each national Council Member can propose a maximum of two candidates to apply for a European Pain Federation EFIC grant to attend a Pain School. The applicants must complete the application form by the deadline. All applicants are evaluated by the Committee on Education and approved by the Executive Board.
I am not a member of a national Chapter – can I still attend? If you are not a member of a national Chapter you cannot apply for a grant to attend a Pain School. However, you can still attend by registering directly with the pain school. More information on this can be found here.