About - ESRA


Advancing Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy in Europe

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy was founded in 1982. Since then, its objectives have been to stimulate research, promote education, and train anaesthesiologists in Regional Anaesthesia, Pain Therapy, POCUS and Peri-operative care, in Europe and abroad.
In 2023, its audience reached 25,000 specialists including over 8,000 voting members. Membership grows by 10% per year on average, with the Society gathering 16,000 subscribers on Facebook and 18,000 followers on X (ex-Twitter).

In addition to its famous Annual Congress, ESRA organizes several onsite activities in various European cities, including accredited and EDRA approved cadaver and hands-on workshops, and face to face lectures. For more information, please click here.

ESRA also offers accredited virtual activities like free webinars and newsletters as well as an e-congress and educational content through its Academy.

ESRA Diplomas:
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, who are already in clinical practice and are interested in acquiring additional knowledge in the entire field of regional anaesthesia.

ESRA also launched the EDPM, a new diploma in Pain Medicine. The purpose of the European Diploma of Pain Medicine (EDPM) is to harmonize and improve quality standards for safe, independent practice of pain medicine in Europe and elsewhere.

The diplomas are intended to be complementary to national standards and enhance the competent, ethical, and professional care of diplomates.

  • To learn more about ESRA and its history, click here
  • Discover the history of ESRA through this unique infographic  – we want to pay tribute to those who’ve contributed to bringing our Society so far since 1982.
  • To view ESRA bylaws, click here