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WFSA Constitution


The WFSA’s Constitution has gone through periodic revisions since the first World Congress in 1955.

The most recent version was approved by the General Assembly in 2016 and can be seen here

Right: Signatures of some of the delegates who approved the establishment of the WFSA in 1955.


In 2016 the General Assembly agreed to add a set of shared values to the WFSA Constitution. The Shared Values bond the Member Societies as the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. They guarantee the continuity of the Federation and its work.

The Federation works with due regard for the wishes and rights of individuals and Member Societies.

There should usually be only one Member Society in any one country. It should carry on its work throughout its territory.

The Federation is global, it promotes universal access to anaesthesia care and seeks to establish and strengthen Member Societies in all countries of the world. 

Patient safety is a priority in all of the work of the Federation.

All Member Societies share responsibilities and duties in helping each other such that a safe standard of anaesthesia becomes, and remains, available to all.

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The WFSA improves patient care around the world. It seeks to ensure universal access to safe anaesthesia and unites hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists behind this goal.

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