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European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management (EDRA)


The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management was created in 2005 with the goal of establishing standards in regional anaesthesia in Europe.


The Diploma was intended to widen the activity spectrum of those specialists in anaesthesia, who are already in clinical practice and are interested in acquiring additional knowledge in the entire field of regional anaesthesia and acute pain management.


The concept of ESRA and CME/CDP approved courses and workshops, take into account the knowledge level of reasonably experienced clinicians. The salient points of different techniques, the overall strategies for their use, as well as their advantages and risks, have been stressed during the courses and workshops visited by all candidates.


Regional techniques are integral components of anaesthesia and are frequently administered to the high-risk patients, ranging from newborns to the frail elderly. Therefore, the objective of the examination, is to treat defined subjects in an encompassing way, with sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology related to regional anaesthesia, as well as skills in block performance, in a holistic context. A proper approach to acute pain management, is mandatory in the clinical practice of anaesthesia and its knowledge is part of the content of the EDRA examination.


The EDRA examination takes place each year at the ESRA Annual meeting in September. It is split in two parts over two years.


Pre-requisites and examination details

EDRA part I

EDRA part II


EDRA part I in Doha – Qatar

The EDRA part I will be organized for the first time in the Middle East on Friday 28 April 2017 in Doha, Qatar during the 2nd Qatar Interventional Pain Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity.


A CME accredited Regional Anesthesia Workshop will take place before the examination on Friday morning. This workshop could be used as the pre-required workshop for part I. In that case, please upload a confirmation of registration when applying online.  More details can be found on the flyer here.


To register to the workshop, please contact Ms Janice Fernanades: jfernandes2@hamad.qa  or Ms Maria Rebello: mrebello2@hamad.qa . Contact phone number: +974 40256048 or +974 44396489 ( 07.00 to 15.00 Doha Time) .


The venue for the examination and the workshop will be the Qatar Robotic Centre, (www.qstp.org.qa). The examination will start at 15.00 and will end at 17.00.


Applications are now open, click here to apply online.

Applications deadline: 20 April 2017


EDRA 2017 in Lugano, Switzerland

Applications for EDRA 2017 in Lugano, Switzerland open on 1 May 2017.


EDRA Part I in Asia

Where? Singapore, during the SSA General Scientific Meeting & ASNACC Congress
When? Friday, 18 August 2017, date to be confirmed
Applications open on 1 May 2017


Where? Indore, India, prior to the AORA meeting
When? Thursday, 7 September 2017
Applications open on 1 May 2017


Examination fees

The examination fee for each part is €150 (€75/retake) and must be paid in advance upon confirmation of application.


EDRA  results are communicated by email within one month after the day of examination.

What if you fail?

Unsuccessful participants will be allowed to retake the failed exam at the next ESRA annual meeting with no additional requirements.

EDRA Diplomates

You will find below the list of diplomates that completed the EDRA examination.












The use of the EDRA logo is strictly reserved for the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA). The sentence “Counts towards the EDRA” can only be used on CME accredited workshop material.

A workshop organized by a national society affiliated to ESRA is only valid if it is CME accredited.


EDRA Board

Click here to access the terms of reference.


Executive Board:

  • José Aguirre, Chair
  • Narinder Rawal, Vice-Chair Part I
  • Morné Wolmarans, Vice-Chair Part II


Board Members:

  • Eriphyli Argyra
  • Svetlana Galitzine
  • Eleni Moka
  • Clara Lobo
  • Jessica Wegener
  • Lukas Kirchmair


Ex-Officio Board member:

  • José de Andrés, ESRA President


Co-opted members:

  • Chandra Kumar
  • André Van Zundert



For further information, please contact the EDRA Office
Tel: +41 22 510 56 12+41 22 510 56 12
Fax: +41 22 510 56 14
Email: edra@esraeurope.org