EDRA Diploma

EDRA - European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management

rsz esra diploma logo apr2015 300x270The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management aims to educate clinicians involved in regional anesthesia in the latest developments in the field.

The EDRA Examinations Parts I and II take place each year at the ESRA annual meeting.

For more details visit the ESRA Europe diploma page.

Next exam sitting will be at the 2017 ESRA Congress in Lugano,Switzerland

The registration fees to both exams is €120 (€50/retake).

Course Recognition Procedure

Guidelines have now been published for course organisers hoping to get recognition of their courses for the EDRA. More details here.

Exam Format

The Exam is taken over minimum 2 years

Part 1: Written Exam

100 Multiple Choice Questions, 2 hours examination


Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to regional anaesthesia (including common concomitant diseases like diabetes, chronic lung disease, bleeding disorders etc).
Pharmacology of drugs commonly used in regional anaesthesia and pain therapy

Basis of statistics
Methods and strategies in regional anaesthesia and pain therapy for:
gynecology/ obstetrics, children, elderly, trauma, acute and perioperative pain

Procedure oriented regional anaesthesia and postoperative pain management

Application of regional anaesthesia for surgical oriented procedure

Performance of neural blockades including neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks and catheter techniques

Advantages/disadvantages, risk/benefits and indications/contra-indications to regional techniques

Management of complications and side effects of neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks including management of failed block

Sedation in regional anaesthesia

Surgical site analgesia technique

Equipment e.g. nerve stimulator, ultrasound, needles and perineural catheters

Attitudes and behavior of the examinee including communication skills

>>Extended syllabus

  • +/- 70% on regional anesthesia ( covering all fields ) and acute pain
  • +/- 10% management of perioperative pain
  • +/- 10% physiology and physiopatology
  • +/- 10% neurostimulation, ultrasonography and basic statistics



Medically qualified physicians wishing to take the EDRA Part I need to meet the following pre-requisites:

  1. The applicant has been in an official anesthesiology training program for a minimum of 2 years before applying for the examination
  2. The applicant must have attended a minimum of 1 ESRA* workshop or CME/CDP** approved workshop
  3. The applicant is an ESRA member, with valid membership
  4. The applicant must have good command of English
  5. Once accepted, the applicant will have to purchase a registration to the ESRA annual congress in order to finalize his/her application and pay for the examination (congress registration is not mandatory for re-takers).

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