The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine is an Association of individual persons. Founded in March 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland, ESICM is a non-profit making international association.
ESICM supports and promotes the advancement of knowledge in intensive care medicine, in particular the promotion of the highest standards of multidisciplinary care of critically ill patients and their families through education, research and professional development.
Aims and Missions
- To promote and coordinate activities in the different fields of intensive care medicine
- To foster research and education
- To provide recommendations and guidelines
- To organise and coordinate international congresses and meetings
Structure and Organisation
The society consists of, and is managed by, the following groups:
- The General Membership
- The Council
- The Executive Committee
- The Divisions: Scientific affairs, Professional Development and Administrative affairs
Besides profiting from the various benefits ESICM offers, many members actively participate to help shape the Society and to move its important initiatives forward.
The base for many activities is formed by ESICM’s scientific Sections
Currently 11 topical scientific sections exist, focusing on differing areas within the discipline, such as Respiratory Failure, Sepsis, Ethics, among others. In addition, there are a number of active Working Groups, which gather members across sections to work together on scientific and educational initiatives.
Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals are represented in ESICM through the N&AHP Committee, which is active at all levels of the organisation.
The Council influences and controls decisions on all levels of the Society’s affairs. Its national and international delegates reflect the regional and geographical reach of the Society.
The Divisions of Administrative Affairs, Scientific Affairs and Professional Development consist of several committees and sub committees and organise the various activities of the ESICM, such as congresses, research activities and training programmes. The divisions are coordinated and led by the Executive Committee, which is responsible for all business issues of the Association.
The General Assembly takes place each year during the Annual Congress. All ESICM and ESPNIC members are invited to participate. It is the occasion whereby the Executive Committee reports on the business activities of the society. The General Assembly has moreover the duty to vote about acceptance, or rejection, of proposals, such as statute changes.
The first Statutes of the Society were written in March 1982 at the foundation meeting held in Geneva at the WHO (World Health Organisation). The latest version is available here:
The Statutes are accompanied by the Standard Operating Procedures of the Society, which contain additional information, as well as Internal Operating Instructions: they describe in detail important information about the daily work of the Society and include descriptions of committees, positions and procedures.
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ESICM’s permanent administrative office is located in Brussels, Belgium. The office is managed by a Chief Executive Officer, appointed by the Executive Committee and directed by the ESICM General Secretary. The Brussels office staff are responsible for the daily work related to all the Society’s activities.