IASP Meets with Leaders of the International Narcotics Control Board

Apr 20, 2017

In conjunction with the April meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, IASP met with the leaders of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) to discuss ways that IASP, our chapters, and members can support INCB’s initiatives. In the wake of the successful UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016), the INCB has an important role in working with UN-member states to support increased access to controlled substances, including pain medications, to patients around the world who require them.

The INCB meeting, attended by IASP Executive Director Matthew D’Uva, provided an opportunity for open dialogue about the ways both organizations can foster collaboration to benefit pain patients. “It was a robust discussion about important issues that affect patients,” D’Uva said about the meeting. “In particular, we discussed the important role of IASP and our members, chapters, and federations in educating patients in pain around the world and in supporting the work and goals of the INCB and UNGASS.”  The organizations have agreed to continue dialogue and to create action plans that will establish future partnerships.