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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.



Becoming a member of ESAIC implies becoming a part of a vibrant community of nearly 8,000 professionals who exchange best practices and stay updated on the latest developments in anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine. ESAIC membership equips you with the tools and resources necessary to enhance your daily professional routine, nurture your career growth, and play an active role in advancing anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine.

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EA20 Newsletter: The Sir Robert Macintosh Lecture 2020 - Safety and diversity - celebrate our strengths!

Saturday 28 November, 0930-1015H, Channel 1

This year’s Sir Robert Macintosh Lecture will be delivered by our former President Daniela Filipescu, Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Medicine ‘Carol Davila’, and Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases “Prof. Dr C.C. Iliescu”, Bucharest, Romania.

“The year 2020 marks several important milestones: the 10th Anniversary of the Helsinki Declaration (HD) on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, the name change from European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) to European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC), and, 15 years after the formation of the ESA, the launch of a new ESAIC Committee on Gender Equity,” says Prof Filipescu.

She believes that the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the HD is the best opportunity to render homage to Sir Robert Reynolds Macintosh who was a pioneer of patient safety in anaesthesiology. “Major improvements were achieved in anaesthesia safety, with a dramatic decrease in the anaesthesia-related mortality in recent decades,” says Prof Filipescu. “However, preventable perioperative patient harm continues to represent an important burden for the health systems all over the world. Despite the widespread endorsement of the HD’s principles, political support and coordination at the European Union and national level is needed for implementation of all the HD’s requirements.”

The 10th anniversary of the HD provided a timely opportunity to build on the growing momentum of global efforts to strengthen patient safety, including the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution ‘Global action on patient safety’, to rally stakeholders around the principles of the HD, to prioritise patient safety on the European policymakers’ agenda and seek agreement on a consensus statement on perioperative safety. “The Patient Safety Policy Summit organised this year by the ESAIC together with healthcare societies representing the multi-disciplinary teams that anaesthesiologists work within daily practice and patient organisations was a great success, and opened the door to key institutions and politicians with a common goal of achieving the maximum possible reduction in avoidable harm due to unsafe health care globally.”

Among the WHA resolution’s commitments was to establish the World Patient Safety Day (WPSD) on September 17, which calls for global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners to improve patient safety. Considering the central role of health workers in the current COVID-19 pandemic response and beyond, and the huge challenges they are facing all over the world, this year the WPSD was dedicated to health worker safety. Unusually, anaesthesiology has caught the public eye, including the appearance of an anaesthesiologist on the cover of Time magazine. We anaesthesiologists, the usual ‘unsung heroes’ or ‘invisibles’, have suddenly become some of the heroes of the workplace!

Prof Filipescu says: “The unprecedented experience of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and recognition of the central role of anaesthesiologists in the care of the critically ill patients was a call to action to reposition our speciality for the future. The addition of ‘intensive care’ to the ESA name to correctly reflect the full spectrum of anaesthesiologists’ activities was imperative and this name change could not come to a better time as this year we are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the formation of the ESA (now, of course, EASIC!).”

Finally, Professor Filipescu will reflect on how it is largely known that women are poorly represented in academic medicine and leadership. “However, recently ESAIC showed that female anaesthesiologists are as eager as men to advance in their careers, to take the lead and invest more time in research. Future development of the ESAIC will require more gender-balanced participation of its members. Hopefully, the new ESAIC Committee on Gender Equity will work on strategies and solutions suggested by members to promote equal opportunities.”

She concludes: “All the above achievements prove that ESAIC is stronger than ever. Euroanaesthesia 2020 is the time for a celebration!”


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