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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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Safer Care to Save Lives (SCSL)

The ESAIC Board, the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee and its Patient Safety Partners are pleased to announce the start of a new Patient Safety programme project – the ESAIC Safer Care to Save Lives (SCSL) Ambassador’s Programme.


The ESAIC PSQC has a long term strategy to create ambassadors in Patient Safety who can champion the role of safety implementation in their own hospitals and institutions, at the same time targeting healthcare leaders to initiate change. This top-down/bottom up approach is the most effective strategy for creating long-lasting safety reform.

The ESAIC Safer Care to Save Lives (SCSL) Patient Safety Ambassador’s programme contains the elements to achieve these goals through education, peer to peer networking, inter-hospital PS reviews and the promotion of the Helsinki Declaration in Anaesthesiology, a recognised leadership statement on what is practical to improve patient safety in anaesthesiology.

Healthcare professionals who complete all the elements of the Safer Care to Save Lives (SCSL) Patient Safety Ambassador’s programme, will be recognised officially as ambassadors for Patient Safety in a dedicated celebration ceremony at Euronaesthesia.

This programme includes the following content:

The Patient Safety Training Programme is a complete training path aimed at providing key knowledge on patient safety in acute settings: intensive care, anaesthesiology and perioperative care and emergency settings. It is built on the overarching principles of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, the Consensus Statement of the recent multi Society Patient safety Summit at the European Parliament, and the WHO Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum. It follows a stepwise, blended educational approach, including both online on-demand and LIVE (either online or face-to-face) education.


The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) is the leading European organisation for members and national societies for Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Pain and Perioperative Medicine in Europe. Its vision is to promote the professional role of anaesthesiologists, to improve perioperative patient outcomes by focusing on the quality of care and patient safety strategy through the implementation of the Helsinki Declaration for Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology (HD), the promotion of high-quality training and education, endorsed by a robust system of examination and certification.

Preventable patient harm is an important challenge in anaesthesiology and perioperative care. As a response, the HD has been launched in 2010 by EBA and ESAIC. Widely recognised as a practical framework for improving patient safety, the HD has been signed by all European National Anaesthesiologists Societies (NAS) and many international societies.

To date, ESAIC provided online content in the form of a Starter Kit and high-quality patient safety education through small scale courses performed on yearly basis in the English language, initially linked to Euroanaesthesia as the former European Patient Safety Course, and more recently, through the Patient Safety and Quality Masterclass.

In the meantime, ESAIC launched the HD Follow Up project to evaluate the adoption of the HD in Europe, to identify variations and barriers in the implementation process, and to develop instruments for better implementation by the use of multi-method approaches. The project was directed and coordinated by the ESAIC PSQC, supervised by the ESAIC Board, and advanced by a multidisciplinary project team.

A number of recommendations for education, research, policy and practice are made at the end of the report, but key possible measures include:

  • Create and maintain structures for safety education both in training curricula and for established specialist anaesthesiologists.
  • Promote a ‘no blame’ culture to encourage the reporting and open discussion of threats to patient safety.
  • Greater involvement of patients in the promotion of safe practice.
  • Establish and maintain regional networks within Europe to share practices and solutions appropriate to available resources.

To fill these gaps, the ESAIC aims to design this tiered education training programme, Safer Care to Save Lives, aimed to be available and affordable for all anesthesiologists, intensivists, linked health care professionals and patients in Europe.

The Safer Care to Safe Lives program will help implement a modern patient safety culture throughout the continent and beyond.

This programme recognised the importance of including all stakeholders in the journey to find solutions to creating safer patient care.