Use of tramadol for WHO

Dear IAHPC members and colleagues,

The World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) will be meeting in November 2018 in Geneva.

Among other things, the committee will be reviewing tramadol and evaluating if it should be placed under international control, in the same manner that potent opioids are now regulated. At IAHPC we think that this would hinder access to pain treatment to many patients around the globe.

The IAHPC will be sending a letter to the WHO ECDD highlighting the current use of tramadol for analgesic purposes and the potential impact that the proposed scheduling may have in ensuring access for legitimate medical needs in pain treatment and palliative care.

In order to help us have a better picture of how tramadol is used globally, we would like to ask your help by completing a brief survey that will take about 5 minutes to complete.

If you are a clinician working in pain treatment and/or palliative care and currently prescribe tramadol, please take a moment to respond to the questionnaire through this link:


We are on a tight schedule so we ask to complete this survey by October 23rd.

Please feel free to share with your colleagues and friends.

Thank you in advance for your participation.
The IAHPC team