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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 2020

Newsletter November 2020: International Forum on Perioperative Safety & Quality (ISQ) 2020 went Online

Webcast still available until December 31st, 2020

Alex Rawlings – alex@esaic.org

Patient Safety and Simulation Project Manager


On World Patient Safety Day, 17th September 2020, The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, along with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Anaesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, presented an online version of the annual International Forum of Perioperative Safety and Quality.

The International Forum on Perioperative Safety & Quality (ISQ) supports and energises the movement for health care improvement while bringing together leaders and practitioners committed to improving outcomes for patients and communities.

The ISQ is normally a one-day conference on perioperative patient safety that further explores how improvements in patient safety and quality will help to advance the health of individuals and populations. Attendees hear about global perspectives, successful implementation of quality projects, and how to maximise learning from adverse events. They also learn how to analyse success, how to engage stakeholders, and how to manage fatigue. The ISQ brings the latest resources to help improve perioperative outcomes for patients and communities.

In order to meet the challenges facing holding educational events, this year’s ISQ went online. The focus was Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety in line with the WHO World Patient Safety Day theme.

Attendees heard from worldwide experts to learn about the latest issues in patient and health care provider safety during COVID-19. This included keynote speakers Albert W. Wu, MD, MPH (USA) who spoke on Supporting Healthcare Workers and Kathleen Ferguson, DA, FRCA, MCBhB (UK) who presented The Emotional Challenge of Frequent Patient-Colleague Deaths in the COVID-19 period.

The event was a great success and so far, has been viewed by over 1,200 participants.

To view the programme and watch the webcast please follow this link: https://www.asahq.org/meetings/isq

The webcast is available until midnight December 31st, 2020.

Viewing is free of charge; CME credits are available by registering on the ASA website to complete an evaluation. Credits can be reclaimed by applying to your national society using the form available. Further details: https://www.asahq.org/meetings/isq


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