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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 2023

Newsletter March 2023: ATAIC Committee 2022 report

Leila Niemi-Murola, Valentina Almeida

Accreditation of Training in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, formerly the Hospital Visiting and Training Accreditation Programme (HVTAP), has offered a teaching accreditation under the European Training Requirements on a voluntary basis to the academic departments of Anaesthesia and Intensive care Medicine.

Since 1989, the ATAIC has performed over 100 international audits. Germany and Turkey have been the two most active countries interested in accrediting their hospitals. However, it is interesting to note that many hospitals have been convinced of the programme’s interest and have requested re-visitations after the initial accreditation.


The self-evaluation process is always the most valuable part of the centre applying for re-accreditation. These hospitals, having high-quality educational methods, assess their practices compared to the latest European Training Requirements. Furthermore, the expert ATAIC international visitors provide the applying hosts with new ideas and perspectives to further improve the department’s education. The ATAIC Committee takes a final decision based on the thorough audit of the ATAIC visitors. All recommendations are helpful for the continuous advancement of the training of the accredited department, and they will be reviewed systematically in case of a future re-accreditation.

The application is simple. Those who wish to apply to complete a questionnaire outlining the hospital’s structure, the staff’s composition and the organization of teaching and training and submit it together with supporting documents to the ESAIC Secretariat. The questionnaires each trainee of the applying department sends individually to the ESAIC office constitute another essential source of information for the visitors and reviewers. Each application is sent by the Head of the Department or Institute to the ESAIC Secretariat and reviewed by the ATAIC Joint Committee, which will determine whether an accreditation or re-accreditation visit is applicable.

Why should your department apply for ATAIC accreditation?

  • The detailed ATAIC report gives recommendations on how to possibly improve the training of the residents, which can benefit both the personnel and the patients.
  • ATAIC accreditation is given jointly by the UEMS and by the ESAIC, providing maximum visibility and credibility to the accredited departments
  • All accredited departments are listed on the ESAIC website
  • A representative of each accredited department is invited to receive the official ATAIC certificate from the hands of the ATAIC Committee Chairperson during the Awards Ceremony of the Euroanaesthesia congress
  • As recognised centres of  Excellence, each accredited department is automatically invited to consider joining the following ESAIC educational programmes: the On-Line Assessment, the Trainee Exchange Programme, the CEEA and potentially the EDAIC Part I examination.

Join the ATAIC community today and send your application or your question to: ataic@esaic.org

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