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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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Educational Courses

Essential Patient Safety Course (EPSC)

Important Information ESAIC Academy

About the EPSC

The ESAIC has developed an extensive Patient Safety education programme, Safer Care to Save Lives (SCSL).

The ESAIC Essential Patient Safety Course (EPSC) is one part of this programme. It is a set of online modules aimed at providing key foundational knowledge on patient safety. It is ideal for those who are starting their journey into patient safety or who wish to build on their knowledge in specific areas.

It is a training pathway aimed at providing key knowledge on patient safety in acute settings: intensive care, anaesthesiology and perioperative care and emergency settings.

Inspiration for these modules comes from the overarching principles of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. This course is also guided by the WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 and the WHO Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum.

It contains 5 eLearning modules on the following key topics: 

  1. Patient Safety and the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology
  2. Human Factors
  3. Common Safety issues in Anaesthesiology
  4. System Complexity and Patient Safety
  5. Quality Improvement Strategies for monitoring and implementing change.

The 5 eLearning modules will present learners with the key aspects of the Helsinki Declaration, explain issues related to system complexity and human factors and offer training in common quality and safety improvement tools. The programme works as a standalone course, but it is also intended to provide theoretical content required for the ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course (APSC) and the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Masterclass (PSQMC). 

Important Information

Who is this course for?

The ESAIC Essential Patient Safety Course is aimed at all healthcare professionals, patients and stakeholders interested in patient safety in the acute settings: Intensive Care, Perioperative Care, Anaesthesia, Emergency and other settings where acute patients are treated.

What is the format?

The EPSC includes a variety of media, including lectures, videos, interviews, theoretical content and interactive exercises and scenarios. It also includes updated reading on the topic and short evaluation tests that close each of the modules. 

What are the course goals?

These modules will focus on the following goals:

  • Provide a theoretical update on the different aspects of the current state-of-the-art in the different fields of patient safety and quality in the perioperative setting, according to the framework defined in the Helsinki Declaration for patient safety in anaesthesiology.
  • Learn the basics of human factors as a source and solution for patient safety issues with a focus on leadership, teamwork, communication and situation awareness.
  • Study and identify the common safety issues in anaesthesiology, intensive care and other acute settings. These include intravenous medication errors, healthcare-related infections and device-related problems.
  • Understand health system complexity as one of the core components of patient safety issues.
  • Acquire basic knowledge and train on safety improvement strategies to manage common clinical risks and hazards in acute settings. These will include drug error management, conflict management, critical incident analysis and improvement strategies, problem-solving