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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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An advanced scientific workshop

Patient Safety and Quality Masterclass

The Patient Safety and Quality Masterclass is an advanced scientific workshop dedicated to learning principles and practice of patient safety, clinical risk management and quality of care. This masterclass is part of the ESAIC Patient Safety Ambassador’s Programme and can count towards qualifying for the FESAIC award.

About the masterclass

  • What is it?
  • Target audience
  • Faculty & Programme
  • Learn by doing
  • When & Where

The Patient Safety and Quality Masterclass is an advanced scientific workshop dedicated to learning principles and practice of patient safety, clinical risk management and quality of care. 

It is an intensive 2 ½ day workshop built on the principle of maximizing interaction between attendees through small group learning and sessions that require participation. While we are generally able to cover a wide variety of safety and quality-related topics, we have a diverse faculty selection that enables participants to focus on particular interest topics in their clinical settings and target their needs to maximize their learning benefit.

The course is open to ESAIC members and non-members who speak and write English fluently. This course is aimed at anaesthesiologists, nurse anaesthetists, other perioperative clinicians/staff and hospital administrators that have some experience in patient safety and are clearly motivated in their choice of being patient safety and quality champions in their departments. The focus is on perioperative patient safety. 

The faculty are international experts in patient safety, medical simulation and risk management.

View the Preliminary Programme

The programme contains a series of lectures, simulations and interactive workshops during which participants will apply their knowledge through practical exercises.

Educational targets focus on the following goals: 

  1. Provide a theoretical update on different aspects of the current state of the art in the different fields of patient safety and quality in anaesthesiology.
  2. Provide the possibility to train skills and learn new techniques with regard to the different required practical skills for the anaesthesiologists in the management of clinical risk, hazards and quality of care. (workshops, role-playing and full-scale high-fidelity simulations)
  3. Provide a forum of scientific exchange with peers and the possibility to discuss therapeutic options with key opinion leaders.

25 – 27 November 2024

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Typical Content

Day 1

On day one, after establishing some rapport and getting to know each other, time is spent in short lectures with ensuing discussions on contemporary topics in Human Factors and Systems Safety Science. Participants are familiarized with different theoretical frameworks in Safety Science that have been used over the last 30 years, among them the Reasonian and Rasmussian schools of thought, Normal Accident Theory, High-Reliability Theory, Drift Theory, Complexity Sciences and Resilience Engineering. Various concepts, like the “old vs. new view” on safety, “Safety I & II” or “Coupling & Complexity” are introduced and discussed. Moreover, Human Factors aspects of patient safety, like teamwork, human performance limitations or cognitive aids, are explored using interactive workshops. 

Day 2

On day two, the group splits into smaller workshops to deal with practical topics of crew resource management (CRM) and system analysis of an incident. The EPSQM faculty has produced dedicated videos to use for teaching and learning purposes during these workshops. This is followed by a detailed look into quality management metrics that can be used to objectify and guide patient safety interventions in the participants’ workplace. Towards the end of the day, one of the features distinguishing this Masterclass from other courses is introduced: Participants are introduced to the human element and patients’ perspective by interacting with a patient advocate. These special faculty members share their personal experiences of unintended harm and loss and are able to give meaning and context to all abstract learning content of the previous two days.  

Day 3

On day three, all the various pieces of the previous two days are assembled and put to use by the participants using a full-scale simulation workshop. After witnessing a simulated perioperative incident, participants first have to form a task force and analyse the incident. Then, with the continuing support and guidance of the faculty, they participate in workshops with actors to learn strategies for dealing with families and relatives, as well as the problem of second victimhood amongst those involved with the accident. Following these immersive exercises, strategies are discussed that can help participants fulfil their new leadership roles in patient safety in their respective organisations and show them ways to initiate change in the workplace. 

Frequently asked questions

How to register?

The registration will be through myESAIC. If you do not have an account you can create one for free here.

For further details please contact patient.safety@esaic.org

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