About the International Forum

Now in its 25th year the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is a conference for healthcare professionals in quality improvement and patient safety. The International Forum supports and energises the movement for healthcare improvement and connects healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide to improve outcomes for patients and communities.

Our International Forums

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare now regularly travels across the world with the mission to continue informing and inspiring healthcare improvement. To increase the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas amongst healthcare professionals, leaders, patients and carers, we are now regularly in Europe, South Asia, Oceania and South East Asia.

In Europe, we gather over 3,000 delegates from 70+ countries. The programme typically has more than 80 sessions, delivered by over 100 international speakers and quality improvement experts, thus bringing together practical experiences, studies and skill sets from all over the world. The first event took place in 1996 when 300 delegates gathered for the first time in London. Our 2020 International Forum in Europe has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and is now a virtual conference on 2-6 November 2020. Find out more about Copenhagen 2020

The next International Forum in Europe will now take place in London, UK, on 21-23 April 2021. Find out more about London 2021.

In 2021 we will also have two International Forums in the wider Asia Pacific. The programme for both conferences will be developed in close partnership with regional strategic partners, ensuring that each addresses regional needs. 

Our International Forum in Oceania offers over 60 sessions and presentations, delivered by local experts and internationally recognised keynotes. The next conference scheduled to take place in Sydney, Australia, is now rescheduled for 7-9 June 2021 as a result of the circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more about Sydney 2021.

The new International Forum in Asia will take place on 26-28 September 2021 in Hong Kong before travelling to other countries in the region. This new International Forum will be focused on responding to the challenges and learning needs of local healthcare systems, and uniting attendees in exchanging their ideas and vision for a healthier world.

Our International Forum in the summer is a new two-day premium conference developed to address the unique challenges faced by the healthcare community living and working in South Asia, and to increase the visibility of the improvement work already taking place in the region. The inaugural event was scheduled to take place in New Delhi, India, on 4-5 July 2020. Due to the ongoing challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses, this International Forum is now postponed until 2021, dates to be confirmed. Find out more about New Delhi 2021.

Our ever-evolving International Forum guarantees to:

  • Invigorate the mind
  • Embrace fresh ideas
  • Accelerate progress
  • Recognise individual accomplishments
  • Discover new pioneers and leaders
  • Build human global networks

Our mission

The mission of the International Forum is to support the movement for healthcare improvement. We aim to improve outcomes for patients and communities, provide practical ideas that can be implemented in the workplace, promote research into quality and safety improvement, foster effective innovation, and connect healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide. The Forums bring together a very international group of people (from chief executives and government officials to healthcare managers and clinicians) who share a concern and a passion for improving quality and safety in healthcare. Every year our delegates take part in sessions that range from the basic disciplines of quality improvement to the latest thinking in how to improve quality and safety.

Our vision

  • Improve outcomes for patients and communities
  • Provide practical ideas that can be implemented in the workplace
  • Build coalitions to inspire understanding between healthcare organisations
  • Promote research into quality and safety improvement
  • Foster effective innovation
  • Gather the evidence needed to support local improvement
  • Connect healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide
  • Translate concern about the quality and safety of care into effective action

Our history: 25 years of inspiring healthcare

The first International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare took place in London in 1996 and it was called ‘European Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care’. Around 300 delegates attended, driven by their ambition to provide the best possible care to patients. The first steps towards recognising that there are opportunities for change were made.

Since becoming the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in 2007, the conference has grown even larger and more international. Building on years of success, we launched an International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in APAC in 2015, aiming to showcase internationally recognised keynotes and to address regional needs.

In 2020, we will also bring the best of international learning, high-quality training and education in quality improvement to South Asia for our first International Forum in New Delhi, India.

Who we are

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is jointly organised by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and BMJ. The ambition of both organisations is to improve healthcare and outcomes for patients and communities. The International Forum is sustained by an international network of quality improvement organisations and leaders.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. An independent not-for-profit organization, IHI partners with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognised as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, IHI is the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the better. IHI offers many opportunities to learn from experts in clinical and organisational improvement and to connect with others facing similar challenges. These include series of world-class annual conferences, face-to-face seminars and training, and web-based programmes. See the range of IHI conferences.


BMJ is a healthcare knowledge provider which has rapidly expanded beyond the UK and into Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. By sharing information, analytical tools and technology, BMJ helps healthcare professionals and organisations improve the care they provide and assist medical professionals with their ongoing development. BMJ’s purpose is to advance healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences, outcomes and value. BMJ started out over 170 years ago as a medical journal, publishing its first research paper. Today, BMJ’s expertise extends to medical education, clinical decision support and quality improvement to enhance day to day decision-making and healthcare delivery. Visit the BMJ website.