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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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Newsletter 2021

Newsletter February 2021: How COVID changed TEP Committee activity

Prof Zoka Milan

King’s College Hospital. London UK



The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our lives, and this holds true for the ESAIC and Trainee Exchange Programme (TEP) Committee activities as well.

Over the past 20 years, the TEP Committee has gone from strength to strength in terms of the following aspects:

  • a gradual rise—5 to 16—in the number of fellows who were awarded, fellowships;
  • an increase in the number and quality of host centres;
  • clear guidelines for host centres, successful fellows and committee members;
  • use of feedback from fellows and host centres to improve our practice;
  • following up with people after their fellowship is over;
  • cooperation with other committees, such as the Trainee Committee within the ESAIC and EACTA training programmes;
  • introduction of fellowships for candidates from developing countries;
  • constant adaptation of scoring systems to ensure we get the most suitable candidates for the fellowships
  • providing insurance during fellowships and
  • consideration of new options in terms of funding; candidates, host centres and how to bring the maximum benefit for fellows, host centres.

The first wave of COVID-19 in March forced several 2019 winners to postpone already planned and agreed upon fellowships. Some, who had already begun their fellowships, had to return home. We initially did not expect the pandemic to last for such a long period and unfortunately, some fellowships had to be postponed for the second time. On the positive side, three fellowships were executed in autumn this year, where the people self-quarantined for two weeks upon their arrival and/or return home. As rules vary by country in Europe and are also undergoing changes with the ever-evolving situation, we had to work hard to support our fellows, keeping in mind their health, security and desire to learn new skills.

The second wave is currently in full force in many European countries and we are still not certain when life will return to normal. European and national guidelines still restrict movement, making it difficult for host centres to accept foreign trainees. Seven of our current TEP winners had to postpone their 2020 exchange to 2021.

After careful consideration, the TEP Committee has decided to support the remaining seven candidates in pursuing their fellowship in 2021 and to not accept new candidates for 2021. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and we hope to open applications in summer 2021 for the exchanges to be carried out in 2022. All applications submitted in 2020 for 2021 will be accepted for the 2022 fellowship.

We know that 2021 will bring numerous challenges and changes that were unimaginable only a year ago and will be doing our best to support the candidates and our fellows. For example, we will consider different types, durations and quantities of the fellowships, the quality of our support and funding, etc.

Finally, at the beginning of next year, we plan to elect a new committee chair and one member. This way we will assure the continuity of the committee with the two remaining members and past chair while we acquire a new leader and a committee member.


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