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 is closed

Our poster displays are a valuable opportunity to showcase improvement and safety projects and share lessons and examples of innovation in times of adversity.

Every year we have hundreds of poster displays demonstrating a wide range of projects implemented in local, national and global settings. 

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their poster abstract for London 2021.

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.

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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.

You can now watch a selection of recorded sessions that took place during our virtual International Forum Copenhagen 2020 conference on 2-6 November 2020. You can also read about 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

Our first virtual International Forum is now over. For those who wish to watch recordings from a selection of the ‘live’ sessions that took place during the conference, you can do so on our Livestream channel or on our website


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.