International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM)



In 1991, the British Association for Emergency Medicine, along with the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and the Australasian Royal College of Emergency Medicine founded the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. Since then more and more countries with Emergency Medicine as a recognised discipline have joined its fold. RCEM remains as a founder member of IFEM.

The mission of the IFEM is to “promote at an international level interchange, understanding and cooperation among physicians practicing emergency medicine”.

International meetings are held on a biennial basis, most recently in Cape Town

IFEM Framework for Quality and Safety in the ED
IFEM has developed a framework for quality and safety that is applicable across the globe. The framework:

  • Summarises what patients should expect from an ED.
  • Examines how the ED differs from other healthcare settings.
  • Presents a theoretical framework for the domains of quality and safety.
  • Identifies the enablers and barriers to quality care in the ED.
  • Suggests areas where the measurement of indicators may prove valuable

Royal College of Emergency Medicine Representatives on IFEM Committees


Clinical Practice Committee
Dr Ffion Davis
Dr Rip Gangahar
Dr Taj Hassan
Dr Grzegorz Waligora

Communications Committee
Dr Adel Aziz

Core Curriculum and Educational Committee
Dr Gautham Bodiwala
Dr Ruth Brown
Dr Grzegorz Waligora

Governance Committee
Dr Gautham Bodiwala
Dr Neeraj Patil

Research Committee
Professor Jonathan Benger
Professor Fiona Lecky
Dr Grzegorz Waligora


Specialty Implementation Committee
Dr Ol'tunde Ashaolu
Dr Giles Cattermole 

Quality and Safety Special Interest Group
Dr Grzegorz Waligora

If you would like to contact any of these representatives, please contact victoria.dewitt@rcem.ac.uk 

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