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The European Pain Federation EFIC was excited to host the annual European Pain Forum meeting on 12 October 2022 virtually. The forum brings together all key European scientific societies and patients to collaborate on scientific and educational projects in the field of pain. 

Attendees were present from the following organisations:

  • European Academy of Neurology
  • European Federation of Addiction Societies
  • European Psychiatric Association
  • European Cancer Organisation
  • European Region – World Confederation of Physical Therapy
  • European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
  • WONCA Europe
  • European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
  • European Headache Federation
  • Pain Alliance Europe

This year, collaboration was discussed on the following topics:

  1. Establishing a working definition of multimodal pain treatment
  2. Revision of our post-graduate medical curriculum
  3. Development of our pain research strategy
  4. Pilot studies on pain and ICD-11
  5. Co-created congress workshops


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.