Endorsement Policy

Definition of “Endorsement”: An endorsement is a statement of approval or support for something or someone. For IASP, endorsement usually translates into approval of an authoritative report, scientific activity, or educational event or product.

General principles and criteria:

  • Events and activities endorsed or sponsored by IASP must comply with and enhance IASP’s mission, vision, and goals. Entities requesting IASP endorsement must demonstrate how their reports, activities, events, and/or products will do so.
  • IASP endorsement is valuable and usually confined to applications from IASP Chapters, members, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), other groups of members, pain federations or other regional IASP Chapter groupings (e.g., ASEAPS), or other bodies established by IASP.
  • IASP will not endorse any activity or product supported solely by industry or commercial interests.
  • Clinical guidelines and curricula are addressed in the Governance Manual and are not covered by these guidelines.
  • IASP will accept no financial or legal responsibility for an endorsed activity or product that is not generated by IASP itself. Written agreements with entities other than IASP Chapters, SIGs, and federations desiring to use IASP’s logo and/or endorsement must exist and include a hold- harmless clause to protect IASP. (Such agreements can be as simple as an email commitment.)
  • IASP’s logo and endorsement may only be used with IASP’s expressed written permission, which IASP will provide at its sole discretion and in accordance with these principles and requirements. The logo and endorsement must be featured prominently and legibly.
  • A brief report must be submitted to the IASP office that describes any IASP-endorsed event. The report may be published in full or in part in an IASP publication and should include information on attendance/participation and any available evaluative data.

Specific principles and procedures:

  1. Who Can Request IASP Endorsement: An IASP Chapter in good standing, Special Interest Group in good standing, member or group of members, international federation or body (e.g., the World Health Organization, the United Nations, ASEAPS, EFIC), or sister society or patient group in which IASP has been involved as a partner or has a shared mission or interest.
  2. What IASP Can Endorse: A meeting if planned by an IASP Chapter, SIG, or federation of chapters; a session, lecture, or workshop at another association’s meeting, if it is planned jointly or by IASP representatives; or a publication, website, position statement, or research plan, if it reflects IASP’s interests and is not industry-produced. (Such approvals apply to single events or initiatives; endorsements would need to be requested for subsequent or repeated events or initiatives.)
  3. How IASP Will Assess Requests for Endorsements: For non-IASP-related activities or products, IASP staff will review requests submitted via email (see item 9 below for instructions). Subsequently, the IASP Executive Committee may be asked to vote whether to provide an IASP endorsement. No vote will be required for IASP endorsement of a Chapter, SIG, or IASP federation meeting.
  4. Who Shall Consider Requests:
    • Executive Director for Chapters and SIGs in good standing and for meeting endorsements requested by IASP federations
    • Executive Director for requests that relate to IASP positions or support that have been already established and approved by Council
    • For other requests
      • Executive Committee for new advocacy or position statements
      • Educational Initiatives Working Group subcommittee for curricula
      • Executive Committee for requests not covered above
  5. How Decisions Will Be Made:
    • Executive Director or majority approval of the Executive Committee or Educational Initiatives Working Group, if the following criteria are met:
      • Value to IASP is present
      • Success is expected
  6. What Is Required After Approval:
    • IASP acknowledgment
    • Links to IASP website area for Meetings, Publications, Membership, or About IASP, if submitter has venues available for such links (e.g., website, publications)
    • A report, if evaluative data of an event or meeting exists
    • Written acknowledgment or release noting that IASP bears no liability, financial or otherwise, related to the endorsement
    • Invoice and financial accounting, if funding is approved and provided, including how IASP funds were spent
  7. When IASP Endorsement Should Be Considered: When it provides mutual value to the requestor and IASP and provides service to our community.
  8. Why IASP Should Offer Endorsements: IASP has a responsibility to assess the value of scientific meetings, support its Chapters and SIGs, and collaborate with sister societies and government agencies. IASP will do so when it is in IASP’s and the pain community’s best interests and/or to fulfill the organization’s mission or achieve its vision. In addition, IASP can benefit from various exchanges (such as web links) that benefit the IASP Congress or publications (PAIN, Pain: Clinical Updates, books from IASP Press, or the IASP website).
  9. What IASP Requires for Consideration:
    • IASP staff will review all requests made via email (iaspdesk@iasp-pain.org); such requests must address all of the following:
      • The name and description of the entity seeking IASP endorsement or logo use
      • The name and description of the report, activity, event, and/or product
      • Who has been involved in developing the scientific or educational content (with attribution and affiliation and bibliography, if relevant)
      • A description of the relation of the report, activity, event, or product to IASP’s vision, mission, and goals
      • Committed or pending sources of support, including the dollar (U.S.) amount of any industry support and the total budget, noting percentages (actual to date and estimated) if IASP financial support is requested
      • Whether the event or activity is one-time, regular (e.g., annual, biannual), and whether IASP has endorsed it previously, and if so when
      • Such materials as exist to date about the event (added as an attachment to the form)
      • Current or planned marketing materials, strategies, and plans indicating where IASP endorsement would be conveyed (e.g., website, email, direct mail, newsletter, calendar listing, social media) and an example of how and where the IASP endorsement and logo would be featured
      • The date of the event, activity, or publication and the deadline for IASP to decide whether to endorse or grant permission for logo use
      • The possibility of an IASP membership special offer, discount, and/or revenue- sharing in relation to the proposed activity, event, or product
      • The names of other endorsers or supporters
      • An indication of whether data will be collected to evaluate the success of the proposed activity, event, or product and if so, when data will be available and provided