European Diploma in Pain Medicine EDPM

European Diploma in Pain Medicine


The next sitting of the Examination for the European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM) will take place in spring 2019, further information will be provided in due course.


Please find the Core Curriculum for the European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Medicine HERE.

Please find the accompanying reading list HERE (reading list is under review).


The purpose of the European Pain Federation EFIC Examination for the Diploma in Pain Medicine

(EDPM) is to improve the standard of pain assessment and treatment through the provision of a qualification for all medical professionals that tests their broad understanding of all types of pain and their treatment.

The content of the Examination is based upon the European Pain Federation EFIC Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine (‘the Curriculum’) and accompanying reading list.

The EDPM is open to all qualified doctors who see and treat pain. Appropriate clinical experience in pain assessment and treatment is essential. Residents and fellows working in multidisciplinary pain centres or multidisciplinary pain clinics are ideal candidates, though the qualification is open to all doctors, specialists or general practitioners, with an interest in pain and its management.

The Examination is composed of two parts:

  • Part 1 will be a multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination.
  • Part 2 will be a series of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and viva examinations.


The MCQ examination is designed to test the participants’ knowledge of pain assessment and treatment.

The MCQ examination will feature 50 questions. Each question will be composed of a stem followed by five answer statements. Each answer statement will either be true or false. There will be no negative marking.

The time provided for the MCQ examination will be 90 minutes.

The MCQ examination will be in paper form, and papers should be completed using either a pen or a pencil.


The OSCEs are designed to test the participants’ clinical experience, judgement, interpretation of evidence, attitude and communication skills.

There will be 6 stations, each representing a simple clinical situation. Participants will be provided with 7 minutes to complete each station, with a short break in between each station. Each station will be marked using an examination paper, to be completed by the participant, or in some specific cases by an examiner who will attend the station.


Vivas are designed to test the participants’ clinical experience, judgement, attitude and communication skills.

Vivas are oral examinations, in which the participant is asked to engage in a dialogue with an examiner. There will be two vivas, each lasting 10 minutes. One viva will be based upon a case history submitted by the participant, the other will be based upon a typical clinical situation designated by the Examination Committee.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates will be accepted for participation if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstrable possession of a medical degree
  • Curriculum Vitae detailing at least three years’ clinical work in which patients with pain have been assessed and treated
  • Letter of support or endorsement from two referees. For example, a head of department, clinical director or senior colleague. Endorsement letter should state that the candidate is in good standing in their country, and in their department, and is involved in seeing and managing patients with pain on a regular basis
  • Completion of application form
  • Strong working knowledge of English (oral and written)
  • Payment of fees ahead of the requested deadline
  • Submission of all supporting documents required for vivas


The Examination content, both written and oral, will be in English. Participants are advised that a high-level of spoken and written English is required. Translation or interpretation services are not possible for this Examination.


A non-refundable registration fee of 700 Euros is required for participation in the Examination.