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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 May 2021: Editorial - One year under the reign of COVID

Marc Giménez Milà MD, PhD, EDAIC, EDIC
Department of Anesthesiology. Hospital CLINIC de Barcelona. Spain

No one can doubt that society, the medical profession and individual patients and their families all over Europe have experienced profound changes to accommodate the arrival of this new disease. We will probably take years to realise the real impact in terms of lives lost, long-term disability after prolonged ICU and hospital admission but also from patients with non-COVID pathology whose care has been notably affected. We have learnt very quickly and intensively how to treat patients infected with SARS-Co-2, what treatments not to give and how to offer relatively safe surgery to non-COVID surgical patients. Thrombotic complications, critical illness myopathy and fibrotic lung injury are all well-described complications well known to our wide anaesthesiologist community.

When looking back and analysing the contribution of anaesthesiologists in this pandemic we are tempted to feel a well-deserved degree of pride in how we have serviced our community. Nevertheless, we cannot be complacent and we should all, from the different countries, cities and hospitals analyse how we could have been better, and most importantly continue learning about the long-term disability of some of these patients. Anticipation, sharing of medical equipment (ventilators, PPE) and more robust research and epidemiologic network between countries are all things to think about going forward.

We have been under enormous pressure and many of us have experienced emotional distress. We need to acknowledge it and work closely with the rest of our colleagues to avoid feelings of isolation or being overwhelmed. We need to cure our patients but we will not achieve it if we do not take care of our own emotional state.

Probably our sons and daughters will not suffer a pandemic again, but future generations may do and the errors committed this time should be explained to them and taught in medical schools.

We anaesthesiologists have suddenly removed the cloud of invisibility that we have been used to, and during this pandemic, we can start feeling immensely proud of the enormous contribution we have made. We have grown as a professional community and we will continue running in this marathon against COVID and in favour of our patients. Our professional society resembles the Catalan structure of Castells (see photo) with a solid base with knowledge and skills and our trainees climbing as swift anxenetes. We will soon gather again in these crowded squares and enjoy our lives again.


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