IFHE-EU is a non-governmental and non-political organization that was founded in 2005 in Strasbourg and unites the national associations of hospital engineering in Europe.
At this moment IFHE-EU consist of national associations of twelve countries: Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland and Spain. Other European nations are also considering joining to expand the federation and share knowledge and learning..
One of IFHE-EU`s most important tasks is to organize a bi-annual European congress for healthcare (ECHE). The ECHE is now the biggest event of its kind in the European region and can be seen as the most important platform for the discussion of hospital-specific technical and associated managerial topics. Over and above the ECHE congresses IFHE-EU has working groups for healthcare specific engineering issues like energy saving, ISO9001 etc.
The objective of IFHE Europe is to gain an overall view of the challenges facing European healthcare policy and practice and the associated technology and organization-specific topics in particular. This will be undertaken whilst taking into account the particular circumstances in each country.
IFHE-EU gives a platform via ECHE congresses to gather professionals together to give their experience and knowledge to each others under the topics of; for example:
- Improvement of technical and infrastructural management in hospitals.
- Promotion of an awareness for efficient hospital engineering.
- Discussion and comparison of experiences and working methods.
- Promotion of multi-disciplinary integrated planning and design.
- Improvement of efficiency in the management of technical processes.
- Maintenance and safety in hospitals and healthcare premises.
The topics under IFHE-EU discussion constitute a cross-section of the most important technical and infrastructural problem issues that hospitals face including:
Sustainable development and greater energy efficiency, planning, architectural design, technical equipment, information and communications technology, hospital hygiene, maintenance and operations management, biomedical engineering systems, risk and quality management.