Health and Safety Policy
IASP is focused on ensuring a safe and productive World Congress on Pain.
Only fully vaccinated people will be able to attend the World Congress on Pain, September 19 – 23, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. We will require in-person attendees to show proof of vaccination before picking up their badges while maintaining privacy. We will provide further updates about how to provide your information.
IASP is currently monitoring the status of COVID-19 and how it may impact our event. While IASP is currently anticipating a regular in person event, if conditions change and warrant a reduced in-person event, or fully online event, or if restrictions may be safely revised prior to World Congress, we will inform the IASP community as soon as possible.
Each Congress venue and event will have specific requirements in order to safely protect guests and staff. Please review event specific guidelines and protocols provided by event host. Such guidelines and protocols are subject to change and attendees should review requirements before attending any venue or event.
IASP reserves the right to amend this Health and Safety Policy and COVID-19 Update based upon pertinent changes.
Per the announcement made on 1 September 2021 by the Ontario government, all patrons attending IASP’s World Congress on Pain (Congress) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) must:
- Be fully vaccinated; and
- Show your vaccination record along with photo identification.
Fully vaccinated means that you have received at least two doses of a travel-accepted vaccine or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 15 days prior to entering Canada (this is subject to change). Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted to enter with a doctor’s note along with a daily negative COVID-19 antigen test result that is not more than 24 hours old.
By attending Congress, you voluntarily assume and accept sole responsibility for all risks related to the exposure to COVID-19, including but not limited to illness, injury, disability, and death, and agree that you will not hold IASP or any of its affiliates, directors, officers, agents or employees liable for any illness, personal injury or death that may result. On behalf of yourself, your dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, you further waive and release IASP and its employees, affiliates, and agents from any and all claims for liability related to COVID-19. You further agree to abide by all applicable federal, and local laws, regulations, rules, and ordinances in effect during your attendance and all of the rules and regulations that may be stipulated by the Congress location and IASP.
You further understand that IASP does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide me with financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability benefits or insurance. I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of IASP in the event of injury, illness, or medical expenses incurred by me in connection with my attendance at the Congress.
IASP aims to deliver the highest levels of hygiene and safety at our events, providing our community reassurance and confidence that they are participating in a safe and controlled environment. We have collaborated with association partners and relevant authorities to develop health and safety standards for Congress attendees. A detailed health and safety plan will be made available in early 2022 based on official government and local authority guidelines, as well as any venue or location specific regulations for reference as you plan your attendance at IASP’s World Congress on Pain in Toronto in September 2022.
IASP has assembled this list of resources to assist you with your travel and safety inquires:
- Updated requirements for International air travelers to the U.S. by the State Department
- World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and data
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center (CDC) travel guidelines
- CDC COVID data tracker
- Metro Toronto Convention Centre: Health and Safety Statement
- Canadian Entry Requirements by Country/Territory
If you are traveling outside of the continental U.S., please review these materials and note the requirements and restrictions that may impact your plans.