Founded in 1994, at the initiative of a group of practitioners, the CFAR is the French College of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.
As its name indicates, the CFAR is composed of men and women practicing the same medical specialty, and is designed to promote this discipline, share practices and exchange ideas about professional practices.
The CFAR is a non-profit association and now has more than 1,500 members from all over France.
The College governance comprises a Board of Management, chaired by Prof. Paul-Michel Mertes since 2014. Several committees have been created, in addition to the Executive Committee, to implement the association’s actions in the fields of accreditation, continuous professional training, occupational health and communication.
- Coordinate the initial training and professional practice needs of AnaesthetistsIntensive care physicians;
- Promote and ensure the quality of university and postgraduate training of Anaesthetists-Intensive care physicians in France,
- Promote quality and safety of care by improvement of knowledge, evaluation and improvement of professional practices, risk analysis and risk management.
- The CFAR approves Continuing Medical Education in Anaesthesia-Intensive care, based on the following criteria: quality of training, financial transparency, scientific independence.
- The CFAR develops turnkey Professional Practice Evaluation (PPE) programmes to allow Anaesthetists-Intensive care physicians to evaluate their daily practices. These programmes are elaborated from scientific guidelines validated by the speciality (SFAR – French Association of Anaesthetists-Intensive care physicians).
- The CFAR establishes the Anaesthetists-Intensive care physicians accreditation programme, a risk management programme implementing the guidelines defined by the SFAR Risks Committee.
- The CFAR is the Organisme de Développement Professionnel Continu (ODPC)