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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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Methodology Group

The ESAIC Methodology Group supports the development of high-quality clinical guidelines in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain, and perioperative medicine. Comprising skilled methodologists, the team ensures rigorous standards and evidence-based practices.

Overview and eligibility criteria

To assist the Guideline Committee and its various Task Forces, ESAIC decided to create a designated Methodologist group. This team operates independently from Guideline Committee but refers to the Guidelines Committee Chair (who is at an all-time member of the Methodology group). The aim is to create a group of professional methodologists, with different backgrounds, to suit every Guideline Task Force in case it needs it.

Application and criteria of selection

To be selected, the applicant should necessarily:

  • Complete the online application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G6Q2VRG
  • Provide a copy of their CV and publication list
  • A completed COI Form. Failure to declare a significant COI may lead to removal from a Methodology Group upon the decision of the Guidelines Committee.

Applications which don’t fit these criteria will not be considered. All the applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts including but not limited to ESAIC Guidelines Committee Chair, ESAIC Guidelines Committee Past Chair and ESAIC Methodology Group members.

Role of Methodologist within Guidelines Committee and Methodology Group

The methodology Group is composed of up to 5 members, including the Guidelines Committee Chair. Methodologist’s role is to ensure the methodological standard and assist with any issue of pertinence. He/she will provide his/her skills to help the ESAIC Guideline Committee and the ESAIC Guidelines Task Forces to safeguard the Guidelines quality. Methodologist must have extended knowledge about guidelines, grading and evidence-based medicine.

How will a Methodologist be appointed to a specific Task Force?

Each Taskforce must have an appointed/approved methodologist. Upon selection of Guidelines proposal, Task Force Chair is required to provide a list of Taskforce members, including a methodologist, to be approved by the ESAIC Guidelines Committee Chair. If the Task Force Chair finds a suitable methodologist, then this Task Force will not need the help of the Methodology Group.

If Task Force Chair cannot find a suitable methodologist, ESAIC shall provide one by selecting within the Methodology Group the most appropriate candidate for the guideline. The selection will be executed according to their CV and Application form: the methodologists must provide their CV and the Application Form.

This will help ESAIC Guidelines Committee to understand the needs of the methodologists, their expertise, and interests. If possible, academic conflict of interest should be avoided by the methodologist.

Terms of office

Each Methodology Group member shall begin with 3 years of terms of office. After this period, he/she will be evaluated for renewal and continuation of his/her terms of office for an extra year. This should be officially requested by the Methodology Group member. Thereafter, support renewal will be requested and re-evaluated on a yearly basis, unless counterindication from the Guidelines Committee Chair or bad review from the Task Force.


The role of the Guidelines Methodology Group is to ensure Methodology quality. That is the reason why ESAIC Guidelines Committee will not tolerate the lack of commitment from its members, as it could jeopardize the Task Force and the Guidelines.  A Motivational Letter will be asked to each methodologist who is interested in working with a Task Force, in measuring his/her commitment.

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