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.

Sharing your story in London

With over 3,000 attendees from 70+ countries, the International Forum presents a unique opportunity to share your improvement work with an audience who has the power to make a real difference.

We recognise that the pandemic still continues to affect many healthcare professionals around the globe and that your time is spent on much more urgent priorities. We are grateful for your dedication and care. If you hadn’t had the chance to submit your speaker proposal but would still like to, please email us on


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.

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Why attend

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

Join us in London 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.

What's coming up

Join us in London to learn, collaborate, connect with colleagues, present your project about your vision and experience in improving quality and safety for patients.

Dates for your diary:

  • Call for Posters opens in August 2020
  • Registration will open in September 2020
  • Programme expected to launch in November 2020

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. Early Bird registration is open until 30 September

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, 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.

Hong Kong 2021: 27-29 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.