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The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy was founded in 1980 to further regional anaesthesia in Europe. The first congress was held in Edinburgh in 1982 and since that year the society has gone from strength to strength, with a current membership of over 3,700 throughout Europe and beyond.

The society is still growing, and has now established a strong track record with 35 Annual Congresses. The scientific standard at the annual ESRA congress is now recognised as one of the best in Europe. Apart from the annual congress, the society holds several accredited cadaver workshops and courses each year and offers grants schemes as well as online educational content through the ESRA Academy.

The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management (EDRA) was created in 2005 with the goal of establishing standards in regional anaesthesia in Europe. The Diploma is intended to widen the activity spectrum of those specialists in anaesthesia, already in clinical practice and interested in acquiring additional knowledge. In 2017, the European Diploma of Pain Medicine (EDPM) will be launched with the aim of harmonizing and improving quality standards for safe, independent practice of pain medicine in Europe and elsewhere.

To join ESRA and find out more about the membership benefits, click here: http://esraeurope.org/membership/join-esra/


ESRA Office

Avenue Florimont 4,

1006 Lausanne


Tel: +41 22 510 56 10

Fax: +41 22 510 56 14

Email: office@esraeurope.org