IASP Recognized by ASAE and AAE for its work on ICD-11

Aug 4, 2020

IASP was recently awarded a 2020 Power of A Silver Award from ASAE for its submission “Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).” Part of ASAE’s advocacy role is to educate outside audiences about the true value of associations and the resources they bring to bear on the world’s most pressing problems. The Power of A Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary contributions associations make to society by enriching lives, creating a competitive workforce, preparing society for the future, driving innovation and making a better world. 


The work of the IASP ICD-11 Task Force led to the approval by the World Health Assembly (WHA), the deciding body of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the recognition of chronic pain as a stand-alone with seven distinct categories in 2019. The new codes will officially take effect in 2022. This means that chronic pain is now noted as requiring special consideration and treatments, chronic pain can be tracked as a diagnosis or co-diagnosis in an underlying disease, and data such as cost information, treatments, and societal impact of pain can be made more readily available.

IASP’s work is also being featured in ASAE’s Centennial Research initiative. The report is scheduled to be released in late summer 2020.

IASP has also been named a finalist in the Association of Association Executives (AAE)’s International & European Association Awards for this same work in the Effective Voice of the Year category. In addition, IASP CEO, Colleen Delaney Eubanks, has been named as a finalist in the Executive Director of the Year category. The winners in both categories will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony in October.


The judging committee for AAE’s awards has also invited IASP to be part of its Association Success Story program which will involve taking part in a Q&A session at the virtual awards ceremony, being listed in the Association Success Hall of Fame, and speaking at AAE’s virtual Congress in December 2020.

More information on these initiatives will be shared as it becomes available. IASP would like to thank all of the volunteers involved in these important efforts.