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More than 200 people attended the international SIP 2019 Symposium in Brussels “Bringing Pain Policy to the next Decade” and many followed the SIP Symposium of November 7th via live stream.

With 50 speakers including policy makers, patient representatives and healthcare professionals, the Symposium took stock of the significant achievement of the Societal Impact of Pain Platform at national and European level.

On the SIP Website dedicated page you find the impressions from the Opening Ceremony on November 6 in the Concert Noble where the winners of the 2nd edition of the EU Civic Prize on Chronic Pain were awarded and also the impressions from the SIP 2019 Symposium on November 7.

Watch the video about the significant achievements of the SIP platform which celebrates the 10th anniversary at SIP 2019!

An important SIP pre-meetings took place on 6th November, when SIP Spain and SIP Belgium held national meetings, and the SIP workshop “Health data standardisation: looking at the implementation of ICD-11 and ICF” took place. The facilities for this meeting have been kindly provided by the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union. About 60 high level scientific experts, policy makers, health authorities and patient representatives discussed recommendations to the German government as it will be in charge of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020.

A full report of the meeting will be available in early 2020 and more updates on SIP activities in this last quarter, including the meetings above, can be found in the latest edition of the SIP Newsletter, out on 13 December.

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Within SIP Spain, healthcare professionals are represented by the Spainsh Pain Society (SED) and within SIP Belgium by the Belgian Pain Society, both these organisations are chapters of the European Pain Federation EFIC. This initiative is part of the broader European Campaign ”Societal Impact of Pain”, currently existing at European level and in 9 countries.

The “Societal Impact of Pain” (SIP) is an international platform created in 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Pain Federation EFIC® and the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH . The scientific framework of the SIP platform is under the responsibility of the European Pain Federation EFIC®. Co-operation partners for SIP are Pain Alliance Europe and Active Citizenship Network. The pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH is responsible for funding and non-financial support.