The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

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. Every spring in Europe, the conference attracts over 3,000 delegates from around 70 countries and provides an inspirational setting 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 2021 we are returning to London to reflect on the challenges and lessons from an unprecedented 2020.

Call for Posters - submissions accepted until 24 November

Our poster displays are a valuable opportunity to tell thousands of colleagues and experts from around the world about your improvement and safety projects, and an opportunity to share lessons and examples of innovation in times of adversity.

As we are now planning to offer both face to face and virtual attendance options for London 2021, all projects approved for a poster display will be made available as ePosters in the conference venue and on our virtual event platform. 

We welcome abstracts that demonstrate strategies and learning outcomes from improvement and safety projects. Submissions deadline is 24 November.

Options to attend the International Forum London 2021

While we are hopeful that this International Forum will be able to take place as a face to face conference, we are mindful of the continuing challenges posed by COVID-19, and as such we will be providing the opportunity to attend virtually in addition to the option of attending in person.

2020 has proven to be a very difficult year due to COVID-19. It continues to pose challenges and a very high demand on healthcare systems and workers, requiring record-speed responses and adaptability in a complex and uncertain environment.

We, alongside many others, had to adapt to the new normal brought in by the pandemic so that we continue to offer you the opportunities, learning and experiences that our delegates expect from us. 

We will keep you updated as we finalise our plans over the next couple of months.

Submit your abstract for ePoster display at London 2021

Why attend

Once again IHI and BMJ will bring their combined experience and expertise for an inspiring conference for healthcare professionals from across the world who are passionate about improving outcomes for their patients and communities.

Join us in April 2021 to:

  • Embrace new ideas and perspectives
  • Gain practical knowledge on using improvement methods for overcoming challenges
  • Connect to like-minded colleagues who can share how they tackle improvement in their own practices
  • Showcase your work to share learning, make connections and improve the visibility of good projects
  • Get energised and ready to tackle the challenges ahead of you.

The International Forum experience

With over 25 years history, our International Forums have been a driving force for exchanging ideas and connecting for the purpose of improving patient safety and care. 

2020 has proven to be a very difficult year due to COVID-19. It continues to pose challenges and a very high demand on healthcare systems and workers, requiring record-speed responses and adaptability in a complex and uncertain environment.

We, alongside many others, had to adapt to the new normal brought in by the pandemic so that we continue to offer you the opportunities, learning and experiences that our delegates expect from us.

Sign up for news about our upcoming International Forums, with our postponed Copenhagen 2020 conference now confirmed to take place on 2-6 November 2020 as a virtual conference and our Times for Transformation series of virtual events looking to exchange perspectives from around the world and come up with practical solutions for health and care systems to emerge from this crisis stronger and better connected than ever before.

Other International Forums

Copenhagen 2020: 2-6 November 2020

We are very excited to offer you this International Forum as a virtual conference. We plan to offer you live and on-demand sessions, workshops, virtual poster presentations, networking activities and opportunities to interact with speakers, other attendees and key organisations supporting the conference.


New Delhi 2020: now postponed to 2021, dates tbc

The International Forum in New Delhi is a new premium event that will showcase internationally recognised keynotes and will bring the best of international learning, high quality training and education in quality improvement to the South Asia region. The new dates for the postponed conference will be announced once they are confirmed. 


Sydney 2021: 7-9 June 2021

With this International Forum now taking place in 2021 as a face to face and a virtual conference, we will be working hard to review and refresh the programme so it is relevant, timely and it meets current learning needs. In the meantime, our Early Bird registration and Call for Posters remain open. Virtual attendance packages will be offered in late 2020.


Hong Kong 2021: 26-28 September 2021 (website coming in October 2020)

The new International Forum in Asia 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.

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