International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM)

The World Health Organisation estimates that nearly half of deaths and over a third of disability in low and middle income countries could be addressed by the implementation of effective emergency care. Many countries still have no, or very basic, first line pre-hospital and in hospital emergency care. This means that people suffer devastating impacts from road traffic accidents, workplace injury, infectious illness, heart attacks, stroke and other common problems – things that would be quickly treated in the UK. As a result, people, often children or young adults in the prime of life, die or are debilitated, and not able to work and live a fulfilling and productive life. This also threatens the economic future of an individual, their family, and their community.   

The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) is dedicated to changing this through leading the development of the highest quality of emergency medical care for all people, in all countries. A predominantly volunteer run organisation, IFEM is made up of emergency medicine professional organisations from 66 countries, from all regions around the world. IFEM comprises of a network of emergency medicine specialist doctors who deliver emergency care in their own countries, and collaborate to improve emergency care across the world through:
Fostering relationships and knowledge sharing between global emergency care experts and local healthcare providers to fast track better emergency care. 
Advocating with governments and key influencers. 
Through our members, developing and making freely available locally relevant education and standards in multiple languages. 
Rapidly harnessing and sharing clinical and health systems expertise. 
Leading the collaboration and networking among experts and those developing emergency care to support equality in service and care. 
Promoting the creation and growth of the specialty of emergency medicine.

IFEM was founded in 1991, with RCEM being a founding member. RCEM has maintained strong ties with IFEM, providing support and through commitment to the work of IFEM in advancing emergency medicine internationally. 

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


Royal College of Emergency Medicine Representatives on IFEM Committees

Regional Representative Europe
Board Member - Dr Taj Hassan

Clinical Practice Committee
Chair - Dr Ffion Davis

Core Curriculum and Educational Committee
Dr Gautham Bodiwala

Emergency Ultrasound Special Interest Group
Chair - Professor Bob Jarman

Research Committee
Vice Chair - Professor Jonathan Benger
Professor Fiona Lecky

If you would like to contact any of these representatives, please contact 

Many more RCEM members contribute through committees, working groups, taskforces or networking at IFEM conferences and other events.   

As a federation of grassroots emergency medicine organisations from countries and regions with mature and highly developed emergency care systems, and systems in various stages of development or just starting out, IFEM has unique insight and reach into health systems globally. Members are experts in all facets of emergency care, delivered in all environments, to all ages and types of patients. This enables IFEM to rapidly harness expertise and draw global teams together to work on a project, or any emergency care challenge.

Some of the resources IFEM has recently produced include:

How to Start and Operate a National Emergency Medicine Specialty Organisation 
An Updated Framework on Quality and Safety in Emergency Medicine
Statement on Minimum Standards for the Care of Older People in Emergency Departments
Standards of Care for Children in Emergency Departments
Worldwide Resource for Education in Behavioural Emergencies

The positive impact IFEM has on people’s lives across the globe is only possible because of our members and volunteers who donate their time, expertise, and resources. If you would like to get involved and play a critical role in advancing global emergency medical care, we encourage you to get in touch. Your financial support will also play a critical role in scaling up the work IFEM does.
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