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The ESAIC is dedicated to supporting professionals in anaesthesiology and intensive care by serving as the hub for development and dissemination of valuable educational, scientific, research, and networking resources.



The ESAIC hosts the Euroanaesthesia and Focus Meeting congresses that serve as platforms for cutting-edge science and innovation in the field. These events bring together experts, foster networking, and facilitate knowledge exchange in anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, and perioperative medicine. Euroanaesthesia is one of the world’s largest and most influential scientific congresses for anaesthesia professionals. Held annually throughout Europe, our congress is a contemporary event geared towards education, knowledge exchange and innovation in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.


Professional Growth

The ESAIC's mission is to foster and provide exceptional training and educational opportunities. The ESAIC ensures the provision of robust and standardised examination and certification systems to support the professional development of anaesthesiologists and to ensure outstanding future doctors in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.



The ESAIC aims to advance patient outcomes and contribute to the progress of anaesthesiology and intensive care evidence-based practice through research. The ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN), the Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), the Research Groups and Grants all contribute to the knowledge and clinical advances in the peri-operative setting.

Learn more about the ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN) and the associated studies.


EU Projects

The ESAIC is actively involved as a consortium member in numerous EU funded projects. Together with healthcare leaders and practitioners, the ESAIC's involvement as an EU project partner is another way that it is improving patient outcomes and ensuring the best care for every patient.


Patient Safety

The ESAIC aims to promote the professional role of anaesthesiologists and intensive care physicians and enhance perioperative patient outcomes by focusing on quality of care and patient safety strategies. The Society is committed to implementing the Helsinki Declaration and leading patient safety projects.



To ESAIC is committed to implementing the Glasgow Declaration and drive initiatives towards greater environmental sustainability across anaesthesiology and intensive care in Europe.



The ESAIC works in collaboration with industry, national societies, and specialist societies to promote advancements in anaesthesia and intensive care. The Industry Partnership offers visibility and engagement opportunities for industry participants with ESAIC members, facilitating understanding of specific needs in anaesthesiology and in intensive care. This partnership provides resources for education and avenues for collaborative projects enhancing science, education, and patient safety. The Specialist Societies contribute to high-quality educational opportunities for European anaesthesiologists and intensivists, fostering discussion and sharing, while the National Societies, through NASC, maintain standards, promote events and courses, and facilitate connections. All partnerships collectively drive dialogue, learning, and growth in the anaesthesiology and intensive care sector.



Guidelines play a crucial role in delivering evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. Within the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, guidelines are instrumental in standardizing clinical practices and enhancing patient outcomes. For many years, the ESAIC has served as a pivotal platform for facilitating continuous advancements, improving care standards and harmonising clinical management practices across Europe.



With over 40 years of publication history, the EJA (European Journal of Anaesthesiology) has established itself as a highly respected and influential journal in its field. It covers a wide range of topics related to anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, including perioperative medicine, pain management, critical care, resuscitation, and patient safety.



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Newsletter 2020

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology

In 2010 the European Board of Anaesthesiology/European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)and the European Society of Anaesthesiology launched the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology which provides a shared European opinion of what is worth doing and practical to improve patient safety in perioperative care. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and provides a timely opportunity to build on the growing momentum of national, European and global efforts to strengthen patient safety.

To mark the 10thanniversary of the Helsinki Declaration, ESAIC will organise a Policy Summit in 2020to call on policymakers to ensure that patients are protected from harm before, during and after surgical and interventional procedures, no matter where they seek treatment in Europe.

Why a policy summit? The ESAIC 2020 Patient Safety Policy Summit provides an opportune moment to contribute our own knowledge and expertise on perioperative patient safety and to rally stakeholders around the principles of the Helsinki Declaration. The summit will ensure that policymakers see the pivotal role that anaesthesiologists play in keeping patients safe before, during and after surgery.

Who is involved? ESAIC is not alone in seeing the need for urgent action on patient safety and support from policymakers for a more ambitious agenda in this area. We have invited patient organisations and those healthcare societies representing the multi-disciplinary teams that anaesthesiologists work with in daily practice to join us in this endeavor.

We are delighted that all have accepted this invitation – they are the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the European Surgical Association,the European Society of Vascular Surgery, The European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the International Federation of Nurse Anaesthetists, the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists and the European Patients’ Forum.

These endorsing organisations are actively helping us with the planning and design of the event, and the development of a Consensus Statement outlining recommendations for action by European institutions and EU member states. As a collaborative, joint effort, our combined voices will bring strength and urgency to our call.

About the event: The policy summit will include high-level policy roundtables and thematic sessions to discuss topics of common concern. The key themes identified by ESAIC’s Patient Safety and Quality Committee and further developed at a kick-off meeting with the endorsing organisations include: good practices in perioperative care; education and training; multi-disciplinarity & excellence; data collection & management, incident reporting and quality indicators; and patient pathways & patient empowerment. We expect high-level policymakers and other political stakeholders to endorse the Consensus Statement at the end of the event, formally signing the document as part of the closing ceremony.

About the Consensus Statement: The Consensus Statement is thekey document form the summit that will convey our core messages to policymakers. It will outline a common vision and call to action on patient safety for the European Union and will provide concrete recommendations that could support Member States in reaching 2030  targets for safe surgery and anaesthesia for all.

What next? The Policy Summit creates a springboard to strengthen and deepen our engagement with MEPs and policymakers. With the Helsinki Declaration firmly on the radar of policymakers, the next step is to ensure that recommendations are picked up in different EU policy instruments, leveraging the continuing momentum of global patient safety initiatives.

Finally a word about the strategic importance of the World Health Assembly resolution ‘Global action on patient safety’ which is an astonishing achievement for patient safety advocates. This globally recognized policy tool, the strongest global lever for change for patient safety as a discipline and an area of work, will shape the global patient safety agenda for years to come, across the entire world.

The jewel in the crown of this resolution is the establishment of World Patient Safety Day which will now be institutionalized across the world, and which has the strength to trigger a global social movement for safer healthcare. We expect to launch our own contribution to World Patient Safety Day by announcing our ESAIC2020 Policy Summit on that day, 17thSeptember. It is no coincidence that anaesthesiologists, who pioneered patient safety in perioperative care are now leading the way in speaking up for patient safety!

Please contact Helen Brewer (helen.brewer@esaic.org, tel + 32 496 285 664) if you would like more information about our EU activities.


Political momentum for patient safety
World Health Assembly ·      Resolution 68/15 – Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia (2015)

·      Resolution 72/6 – Global Action on Patient Safety and establishment of an annual World Patient Safety Day (2019)

World Health Organisation

·       Preparation for the UN General Assembly meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), including patient safety as an essential component of UHC (2019)

Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summits:

·       London – 2016

·       Berlin – 2017

·       Tokyo – 2018

·       Jeddah – 2019

·       Montreux – 2020

European Institutions

·       Council Recommendation on patient safety, including the prevention and control of health associated infections (HAIs) – 2009

·       Council Conclusions on patient safety and quality of care, including the prevention and control of HAIs and antimicrobial resistance  (AMR) – 2014

·       The European Joint Action on Patient Safety and Quality of Care (2012-2015)

·       The European Commission Patient Safety and Quality of Care Expert Group (2014-2017