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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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Simulation Training

The ESAIC recognises the value and importance of this educational methodology and its value to safer patient care. It works to promote simulation training for residents and specialists throughout Europe.

ESAIC Simulation Committee

The ESAIC Simulation Committee is active in building bridges, not only with other committees within the ESAIC but also between centres all over Europe. The committee is comprised of some of the most experienced simulation experts in Europe. It includes members who are directors at several key simulation centres, and some are past presidents of SESAM.

The committee works to promote the effectiveness of simulation training and its implementation into national anaesthesiology curricula across Europe.

Simulation is an interactive learning method where one can apply, learn and train knowledge and skills in specific situations. It also allows for training of nontechnical competencies, which are the social and cognitive skills, such as communication, collaboration, leadership, situational awareness and decision-making. Of note, anaesthesiologists have been pioneers in the use of high-fidelity mannequins to study human factors and improve crisis resources management skills for critical situations.

Integration of simulation-based education in anaesthesiology specialist training

The Simulation Committee works to define guidance on how SBET can be integrated into residency training curricula across Europe.

Committee members recently took part in an Utstein meeting to establish the foundation for integrating SBET into the anaesthesiology training curriculum for residents. This work will allow countries that wish to implement this change to have guidelines and recommendations as to how to do this on a practical level.

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Members of the Simulation Committee support the SimLab that takes place every year at Euroanaesthesia. Here delegates have a chance to sign up to take part in simulation scenarios using high-fidelity mannequins and receive debriefing from experienced simulation faculty.

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SESAM – The Society for Simulation in Europe

The ESAIC Simulation Committee signed an agreement with The Society for Simulation in Europe, SESAM. SESAM’s mission is to encourage and support the use of simulation in healthcare for the purpose of training and research. They are not affiliated to any medical or other specialty. Members have a wide and varied background within healthcare and medical education, but all with an interest and passion in medical simulation.

The Simulation Committee strategy aligned clearly with SESAM’s mission. They will collaborate to promote the use of simulation and devise research to further understand the effectiveness and best use of this unique teaching methodology.

ESAIC and SESAM are currently working in collaboration with the Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SRATI) to develop faculty for hi-fidelity simulation and to work towards a national curriculum for simulation training for their anaesthesia trainees.

What is the status of Simulation Based Education Training (SBET) in Europe?

The European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) instituted the ESAIC Simulation Committee to improve the use of SBET in anaesthesiology across Europe. The Simulation Committee decided to conduct a survey to establish an inventory of the current regulatory policies, recommendations, implementation and use of SBET in national anaesthesiology/ intensive care medicine residency training curricula in all countries that are members of the ESAIC. This is the first survey done of this kind and is of immense value for informing the strategy of the committee’s work.

  • Read the results of this survey here.
  • Read the Editorial here.


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  2. De Hert, Stefan. European simulation-based education and training in anaesthesiology and intensive care: still a long way to go?. European Journal of Anaesthesiology: June 2022 – Volume 39 – Issue 6 – p 487-488
  3. Savoldelli GL, Østergaard D. Simulation-based education and training in anaesthesia during residency in Europe: where are we now? A survey conducted by the European Society of Anaesthesiolohy and Intensive Care Simulation Committee. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2022; 39:559–569.