FAQ

European Pain Federation EFIC Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is EFIC?
The the European Pain Federation EFIC is a multidisciplinary professional organization in the field of pain research and medicine, consisting of the 36 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.

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, scientifically based resource concerning policy issues related to pain and its management.

How do I become a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC?
There is no individual membership of the Federation. Every member of their national IASP Chapter is automatically also a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC.  There is no fee to become a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC.

What is the International Association for the Study of Pain?
The IASP is the global professional forum for science, practice, and education in the field of pain. Further information can be found here.

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National Chapters

What are the national chapters?
Details of all national chapters of the European Pain Federation EFIC 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 on a Chapter status.

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European Journal of Pain

What is the European Journal Of Pain?
The European Journal of Pain (EJP) is the official scientific journal of the European Pain Federation EFIC published by Wiley-Blackwell. Members of the Federation can access the journal on-line.

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), you can request free access to the online version of EJP here.

I did not receive my printed copy of the EJP.
If you have registered and paid, please email us to let us know and we will contact the publisher of the EJP who will take the necessary steps to ensure you receive your copy of the EJP.

How can I advertise in the EJP?
Please click here to read the guidelines and procedures for advertising in the EJP.

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The European Pain Federation EFIC Congress Pain in Europe

What is the European Pain Federation EFIC Congress?
The biennial European Pain Federation EFIC Congress is the most important international educational exchange forum on pain issues in Europe.

Where will the next congress be held?
The next the European Pain Federation EFIC Congress “Pain in Europe X” will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-9th September 2017.

Conference information: website
Registration:  register online here.
Abstract submission: Please click here to submit an abstract for poster presentation

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European Year Against Pain (EYAP)

What is the European Year Against Pain (EYAP)?
Each year, the European Pain Federation EFIC launches a centrally coordinated event, namely “The European Year Against Pain’’. Each national Chapter holds activities each year to gain attention amongst the medical community, the general public, and local media. Each EYAP has a defined theme and the European Pain Federation EFIC provides briefing packs and factsheets on that theme, so that a general message can be unified across Europe.

What is the current European Year Against Pain campaign?
The theme from October 2015 to October 2016 is “Pain in Joints”. Find out more here.

How can I participate in the European Year Against Pain activities and events?
Everyone can participate in the EYAP. The fact sheets for professionals and patients containing important information on the annual theme can be downloaded here and used for seminars, lectures, workshops etc. Please also let us know about any activities your national chapter is planning with regards to EYAP as we can advertise your meetings and events on our website and newsletter.

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European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools

What arethe 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 an the European Pain Federation EFIC Chapter member.

When are the next European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools?

  • European Pain Federation EFIC Pain School Klagenfurt 2016, 4-9 September
  • European Pain Federation EFIC Pain School Bergamo  2016, 10-13 October (previously known as Montescano)
  • European Pain Federation EFIC Winter Cancer Pain School Liverpool 2016, 10-14 October

How can I attend?
Each national Council Member can propose a maximum of two candidates to apply for an European Pain Federation EFIC grant to attend each of the Pain schools. The applicants must complete the application form and submit to the Federation's Office (secretary@efic.org) by the deadline. All applicants are evaluated by the Federation's Committee on Education and approved by the Federation's Executive Board.

I am not a member of a national chapter - can I still attend?
If you are not a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC 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.

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Grants and Fellowships

What type of grants and fellowships does the European Pain Federation EFIC offer?

The European Pain Federation EFIC offers a number of grants:

  • (i) Individual fellowships to support medical doctors at a European Pain School: individual fellowships
  • (ii) Education Support Grants: Grants to support East European Countries: Educational Support Grant for Eastern European countries
  • (iii) Gruenenthal Research Grant: EFIC Gruenenthal Grant (EGG).

I am not a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC. Am I eligible to apply for EFIC® grants and fellowships?
No, unfortunately you are not eligible for a European Pain Federation EFIC grant or fellowship. The only way to be eligible is to become a member of your national pain association/society/federation, which will automatically make you a member of the Federation.

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European Pain Federation EFIC Newsletter / Social Media

How can I stay up-to-date on news related to the European Pain Federation EFIC?
The easiest way to stay up-to-date on news related to the European Pain Federation EFIC is to subscribe to the Newsletter. Please click here to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the Newsletter.

How can I connect with the European Pain Federation EFIC on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube?
www.facebook.com/EFICorg

www.twitter.com/EFICorg

https://www.youtube.com/user/EFICorg 

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Jobs

I would like to post a job opening / my personal resume on the European Pain Federation EFIC website. How can I do that?
Please send an e-mail with your job opening / resume in PDF format to secretary@efic.org. Please include all relevant information such as contact details, job responsibilities and requirements, location, etc.

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The European Pain Federation EFIC Meetings Calendar

I would like to add a meeting to the European Pain Federation EFIC the European Pain Federation EFIC meetings calendar. How can I do that?
Please send an e-mail including information on your meeting (location, date, contact details, program, link to website, etc.) to secretary@efic.org

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Technical Problems

I am a member but cannot log on to the EJP section.
Send an e-mail to secretary@efic.org. The helpdesk will kindly help you sorting out your problem.

I cannot remember my password.
Have you already tried to click on the button “Retrieve my password”? If this doesn’t work then you need to send an e-mail to secretary@efic.org in order to see whether your email is still active.

My address or email address has changed. How can I update that information in order to access EJP?
Please send an e-mail stating your old and new details to secretary@efic.org and we will update your information.