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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 2024

Newsletter January 2024: Advancing Sustainability in Perioperative Practice - a milestone publication by ESAIC

Climate change has emerged as one of the defining challenges of our time, impacting every facet of our lives. It is imperative that every sector, including healthcare, contributes to reducing its carbon footprint. A recent study revealed that clinical practice accounts for a significant 4.7% of European greenhouse gas emissions, with the European Union ranking as the third largest contributor to global healthcare industry emissions. Recognising the urgency of this issue, the ESAIC took a significant step forward in June 2023 by launching the Glasgow Declaration on Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. This marked a pivotal moment for ESAIC, aligning sustainability with its mission and vision. 

ESAIC’s Vision of Sustainability 

ESAIC’s mission and vision extend beyond clinical excellence; they encompass a commitment to the holistic well-being of patients, healthcare professionals, and the environment. In adopting the Glasgow Declaration, ESAIC reaffirmed its dedication to sustainable healthcare practices. The declaration emphasises the importance of integrating sustainability into the core of healthcare delivery. Building upon this commitment, the ESAIC Sustainability Committee has now released a ground-breaking publication that solidifies the society’s dedication to sustainability. 

The publication titled “European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Consensus Document on Sustainability” is a testament to ESAIC’s unwavering commitment to sustainability in perioperative care. Authored by a consortium of experts and endorsed by Sustainability National Representatives from 24 countries, this document presents a comprehensive framework for achieving a more sustainable practice in anaesthesia and intensive care. 

Four Key Scopes for Sustainable Practice:

The document explores sustainability in four pivotal areas, acknowledging that sustainability encompasses not only environmental concerns but also broader dimensions: 

  1. Direct Emissions: Recommendations in this area focus on reducing the carbon footprint of anaesthesia procedures through measures such as very low fresh gas flow and the selection of eco-friendly anaesthetic drugs. 
  2. Energy: This section highlights strategies for conserving energy and water resources within healthcare facilities. 
  3. Supply Chain and Waste Management: It offers insights into sustainable procurement practices, responsible disposal of plastics, and the adoption of “5R” policies. 
  4. Psychological and Self-Care of Healthcare Professionals: Recognising the vital role of healthcare professionals in delivering sustainable care, this section emphasises the importance of maintaining a healthy work environment and addressing issues like fatigue and burn-out. 

A Path Forward 

To develop these recommendations, 13 sustainability experts in anaesthesia laid the foundation in March 2023. The document underwent a rigorous validation process involving 36 experts from 24 different countries through a two-step Delphi validation process in May and June 2023. Remarkably, all recommendations surpassed the 80% agreement threshold in the first round, with 88 recommendations achieving an agreement rate exceeding 90% in the second round. 

Furthermore, to facilitate the practical application of these recommendations, executive summaries for areas 1, 2, and 3 have been made available as cognitive aids for quick reference in the operating room. 

In the face of an escalating climate crisis and the significant carbon footprint of clinical practice, ESAIC’s commitment to sustainability is commendable. The ESAIC Sustainability Committee’s publication is a monumental step toward realising this vision, offering actionable recommendations for healthcare professionals to adopt more sustainable practices in anaesthesia and intensive care. 

As we move forward, this publication not only bolsters ESAIC’s mission but also stands as a testament to the society’s dedication to improving patient care, protecting the environment, and fostering the well-being of healthcare professionals. It serves as a valuable resource and a catalyst for change, as ESAIC leads the way in promoting sustainability within the healthcare sector. 


  • Prof. Patricio Gonzalez-Pizarro Chair of the ESAIC Sustainability Committee
  • Ms. Arta Leci (MA) – Marketing and Communications Manager at the ESAIC


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