The Irish Association of Sterile Services Managers was established in 1989 and changed its name to Irish Decontamination Institute in January 2011. Its aim is to ensure its members are up to date with developments in sterile services and to network this information to hospital sterile service departments throughout Ireland. It continues to fulfil this aim by spearheading a revolution in sterilization thought, the organizing of conferences and study days, and the dissemination of information in decontamination and sterilization. Currently, it has representation on the board of the World Forum for Hospital Sterile Supply (WFHSS) and the World Federation and was founding member of the EFHSS.
The IDI has been acknowledged nationally and internationally as a leading organization associated with decontamination and sterilization. Nationally, the IDI continues to promote education in decontamination and sterilization through its involvement with the Institute of Technology, Tallaght course set up in 2000. Internationally, in 2002 the IDI was given the honour of hosting the EFHSS Conference 2002 which was attended by over 300 delegates world wide, and proved to be a great success. Many local and international speakers are now world experts in decontamination and sterilization.
With the advent of new medical device technology and increasing demands from sterile service departments, it is becoming more important that the IDI continues to grow nationally and internationally to meet the ever increasing challenges.
The British Infection Association, formed in 2009, has over 1400 members from across the spectrum of clinical and laboratory infection specialists.The Association exists to promote the science and practice of medicine in relation to infection, and provides support for all infection specialists whether in the field of clinical practice, laboratory medicine, public health, research or education. The association aims to work to ensure the optimum delivery of healthcare to patients diagnosed with infection, and to represent the interests of its members.
At the forefront of the antimicrobial chemotherapy field, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) is an inter-professional organisation with over 40 years of experience and achievement in antibiotic education, research and leadership. Dedicated to saving lives through appropriate use and development of antibiotics now and in the future the Society communicates effectively about antibiotics and antibiotic usage via workshops, professional guidelines, and initiatives such as Antibiotic Action, UK OPAT Initiative, National Point Prevalence Survey System, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Antimicrobial Stewardship and publication of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (JAC), which with an Impact Factor of 5.439 is among the foremost international journals in antimicrobial research.
European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infection-related diseases. This is achieved by promoting and supporting research, education, training, and good medical practice. Since its founding in 1983, ESCMID has evolved to become Europe’s leading society in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases with members from all European countries and all continents. For more than 30 years, ESCMID has been an influential component in the professional lives of microbiologists and infectious disease specialists and now reaches more than 33’000 members and affiliated members around the world. ESCMID is registered in Switzerland with offices in Basel. We welcome new colleagues from all nations.
MediWales is the life science network and representative body for Wales. An independent, not-for-profit organisation that is owned by its members, MediWales provides advice, support, business opportunities and promotes collaborations for the life science and health technology community in Wales. MediWales delivers an extensive events programme, including the UK HealthTech conference and the MediWales Innovation Awards and produces a number of publications including UK Lifescience Industry magazine, the Annual Directory and Review, and case study magazine, LifeStories. MediWales promotes and supports its members in Wales, across the UK and internationally.
BioPartner is an independent, accredited trade organisation, promoting international partnering for trade, investment and collaborations with UK Life Science companies. BioPartner's delegations promote the UK presence at major international biopharma conferences, and companies are assisted with access to government grants and heavily discounted entry fees. Through the BioPartnership Programme, members receive extra benefits and support to effectively trade overseas.