International Federation of Hospital Engineering

The International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE) is a non-profit, non-governmental body established in 1970 to enable national engineering professional organisations to join in a worldwide federation

The purpose of IFHE is to encourage and facilitate exchange of information and experience in the broad field of hospital and healthcare facility design, construction, engineering, commissioning, maintenance, and estate management. Membership of IFHE has spread to

over 30 countries, embracing some 13,000 people. In addition to national healthcare engineering organisations, IFHE also admits as members: governmental institutions, corporate consultants, commercial and industrial firms, as well as individuals and small groups of interested persons. IFHE is recognised by the World

Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, as a non-governmental organisation in official relations with the WHO.

Objectives IFHE objectives are to: l Promote, develop and disseminate information on hospital engineering technology.

l Compare international experience. l Promote the principle of integrated planning, design and evaluation by improved collaboration between the professions.

l Promote more efficient management of operation, maintenance and safety of hospitals – engineering, installations, equipment and buildings.

l Offer collaboration with other international organisations.

Management and activities The IFHE Statute defines the Council as its decision making body – comprising two representatives of each member country; honorary members, and the Executive Committee, which is tasked with implementation of agreed policies and making recommendations. IFHE Standing Orders provide the regulatory framework. IFHE has arranged for International

Congresses to take place every two years since 1972, at venues throughout the world, usually in conjunction with a healthcare trade exhibition. Recorded delegate attendances average over 500. A General Assembly takes place at each


congress, where all IFHE members may discuss IFHE policy and activities. IFHE provides a source for

international communication of healthcare engineering matters by maintaining and making available a database of members, who may be contacted for information and to arrange technical visits. IFHE publishes a newsletter which

contains summaries of IFHE activities, describes member national organisations, draws attention to publications of interest and to further education opportunities, and has a diary of healthcare-related events. IFHE maintains a website,, which provides information about the organisation and its activities. IFHE distributes to its members, free,

international issues of Health Estate Journal, the publication of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management, UK. These issues convey major IFHE announcements, and publish papers selected from IFHE Congress proceedings and other sources. IFHE also provides, annually, the

IFHE Digest, a learned publication, free to its members. IFHE consults and cooperates with

the WHO, through a designated technical officer, in the development and implementation of a plan of collaborative activities.

Membership benefits IFHE Congresses provide ideal forums for interchange of information, making contacts and development of friendships. Members receive direct mailing of congress information, an invitation to submit a paper for consideration; and an early opportunity to book a stand at the exhibition. Members have access to databases

and other information available via the IFHE Administrative Secretariat, to enable contact with colleagues. Members receive the IFHE Newsletter

three times a year, international issues of Health Estate Journal four times a year, and a copy of IFHE Digest. Members are provided with the IFHE


logo and are entitled to use it on publicity documents and letterheads.

Membership categories l National members – national organisations, whose membership is open to all engineers, architects, technologists, technicians, and other professionals engaged in the broad field of hospital and healthcare facility design, engineering, construction, commissioning, maintenance, and estate management, and whose constitution and objectives are similar to those of IFHE.

l Associate members – individuals who are interested in promoting the objectives of the IFHE, and small groups of individuals, who are similarly interested and are in the process of establishing national organiations with a view to eventual admission as National members.

l Institutional members – governmental organisations, health authorities and other organisations, associations or institutions directly concerned with the healthcare field.

l Affiliate members – professional, commercial and industrial firms interested in the healthcare field.

l Honorary members – persons or organisations who have rendered special service to IFHE, or who have distinguished themselves in the field of healthcare engineering.

For further information please contact:

IFHE Administrative Secretariat 2 Abingdon House Cumberland Business Centre Northumberland Road Portsmouth, Hants PO5 1DS UK Tel: +44 2392 823186 Fax: +44 2392 815927 Email:

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