The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Now in its 25th year, the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is one of the world’s largest conferences for healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and safety. We provide an inspirational setting for over 3,400 attendees from around 70 countries to meet, learn and share knowledge in our common mission to improve the quality and safety of care for patients and communities across the world.

In April 2020 we were scheduled to take the International Forum to Copenhagen, Denmark, but unfortunately had to change our plans due to the spread of COVID-19 across the world. We are now excited to offer you a fully virtual conference on 2-6 November 2020.

The virtual experience to expect

This is a five days conference but it is designed to suit the time pressures of healthcare professionals around the world. You can join in when your schedule permits and you can also dip in and out of live sessions. These will be recorded so you can watch them in your own time, up to six months after the conference, alongside hours of additional on demand content. 

Our interactive platform will allow you to converse with others live or at a pre-arranged time, join in discussions and activities in breakout rooms as part of our live workshops, ask questions during any sessions or participate in special networking activities.

This conference will not be a five days long series of presentations. We aim to recreate the live International Forum experience but on a virtual platform.

Reserving your virtual place - Early Bird is now extended

Due to the recent resurgence of COVID-19 in many countries and the continuing burden on healthcare services presented by the pandemic, we have decided to extend the opportunity to join the virtual International Forum in November with lower rates. Early Bird registration will now stay open until 19 October.

The International Forum is a platform for exchanging ideas, sharing experiences and discussing the solutions to common challenges. 

We aim to help you to re-energise and end the conference empowered to move forwards stronger and more connected than ever before. 

Stay connected at this virtual International Forum

The Virtual Copenhagen 2020 programme

Our conference theme Breaking Down Barriers will help us explore how we can unite those across our health and care systems to reflect, recover and reassess priorities in light of the changes brought by COVID-19. See our programme overview.

The virtual programme contains a selection of inspiring content that was due to be presented in April, and some brand new sessions. All content is being updated to reflect the changes brought by COVID-19, and optimised for virtual presentation.

The programme includes live lectures and interactive workshops, on demand exclusive lectures and presentations available to watch on demand, dedicated networking sessions, live poster viewing sessions and a number of sessions giving you a chance to engage with our exhibitors. 

Highlights from Glasgow 2019

In March 2019, over 3,400 healthcare improvers gathered in Glasgow to connect and to celebrate their achievements and their vision for improving healthcare across the world. Themed People Make Change, the conference focused on learning how to involve, inspire and innovate across borders and organisations.

You can now listen to the podcasts from Glasgow and read the blogs from the conference.

International Forum Sydney 2021, 7-9 June 2021

Due to unprecedented circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, our International Forum in Sydney this September has now been rescheduled to 7-9 June 2021. Call for Posters and Early Bird registration for those able to attend face to face remain open, while virtual attendance will be made available for booking from late 2020.

The International Forum will showcase internationally recognised keynotes and address regional needs, bringing the best of international learning to the region.

Early Bird registration ends in