Working Parties

In order to fulfil its goals, ESRA built Working Parties comprising members of the Council in charge of developing, managing and finalizing specific projects over a limited time frame. Each Working Party has a Chair responsible for leading the project and for reporting its progress to the Executive Board.

Please browse the following list of Working Parties for more information.

Pan-European Survey Project


The aim of this project is to circulate a Pan – European Survey looking into various aspects of the application of Regional Anaesthesia (RA) in European countries



Regional Anaesthesia (RA) is an essential part of perioperative care and has been well established in everyday clinical practice for decades. However, information on a nation–wide extent of use is sparse in literature, at National, European or International level. Local and regional differences may exist due to lack of a unified curriculum and different training systems throughout European countries. Such a survey may as well serve as a benchmark for the impact ESRA may have on education in the future.


Primary Endpoint

To collect, register and analyse data, with respect to current practice and frequency of RA application in Hospitals of European Countries, for the year 2014, based on feedback (following Questionnaires completion), from Anaesthesiology Departments in Secondary or Tertiary Hospitals across nations. Aspects under investigation will be the frequency of use of RA, the categories of surgery RA is used for, tools used in RA application and training programmes existing in different locations.


Secondary Endpoints

To identify possible differences and factors, that may influence RA application between hospitals, countries and nations and identify reasons that may explain possible differences regarding RA extent of use in various categories of European Hospitals.


Plan & Procedure of Pan European Survey

This study will recruit as many participating institutions as possible across the European countries represented at the ESRA Board and Council, over a period of at least two consecutive months, including weekends and after-hours.


A national coordinator will be responsible for each country ensuring that all participating centres in her/his country are in accordance with the study protocol.

ESRA Instructor Course

Teaching and training Regional Anaesthesia in different European countries have considerable variations in providing up to date knowledge as well as practical skills.

Instructor courses and “teach the teacher” programs have a long tradition in professional medical training (e.g. life support, trauma management).

The aim of this course is to standardise and improve the level of instruction of Regional Anaesthesia in different countries providing an Instructor Course for Regional Anaesthesia instructors.


The advantages of this project are the following:

  • Equal quality of RA courses in Europe
  • Pool of ESRA approved instructors across Europe
  • ESRA approved instructors may be requested for ESRA training events
  • Attraction of ESRA membership



ESRA Registry on Safety and Effectiveness

Data on safety and effectiveness of regional anesthesia practice on a European scale are lacking. In an attempt to initiate a standardized reporting system for either rare events (infectious complications, neurological deficits or relevant hematoma formation) or procedure specific outcome data this committee has the goal to explore potentials for an implementation of a registry.


The European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA) and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) Joint Committee Practice Advisory on Pediatric Regional Anesthesia


The aim of this working party is to write recommendations on Pediatric Regional Anesthesia, similar to the USGRA recommendations in order to make paediatric regional anaesthesia safer and performed worldwide. The group decided to start the recommendations with some “hot topics” such as sedation & regional anesthesia, test dose, compartment syndrome and air vs saline epidural detection.