Professional documents

ANZCA's professional documents are crucial for promoting the safety and quality of patient care for those undergoing anaesthesia for surgical and other procedures.


The professional documents provide guidance to the college’s trainees and fellows on standards of anaesthetic practice, define the college’s policies, and serve other purposes that the college deems appropriate. Professional documents are also referred to by government and other bodies, particularly with regard to accreditation of healthcare facilities.


Professional documents are now accompanied by a background paper when they are created or significantly revised. The background paper is to provide further information relating to the development process, rationale, and clarification of the content of the professional document itself. The background paper is supplementary to, and not part of, the professional document it accompanies.

The professional documents are regularly reviewed and amended in accordance with changes in knowledge, practice and technology. A01 Policy for the Development and Review of Professional Documents guides this process. For further information or feedback about the professional documents, please email


Current ANZCA professional documents are available below. Faculty of Pain Medicine professional documents can be accessed here.


Recent developments

Republished with amendments:

PS07 Guidelines on Pre-Anaesthesia Consultation and Patient Preparation: The fasting guidelines in Appendix 1 have been revised to reduce fasting duration for clear fluids from 2 hours to 1 hour for paediatric patients. (November 2018)

PS28 Guidelines on Infection Control in Anaesthesia has had minor revisions to clarify that laryngoscope handles are "non-critical devices" and to recommend 0.5% chlorhexidine in alcohol swabs for central neuraxial blocks, "where available". (November 2018)


Approved for 12 month pilot: 

PS02 Statement on Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice in Anaesthesia (November 2018)
PS04 Statement on the Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit (November 2018)

Supporting Anaesthetists' Professionalism and Performance: A guide for clinicians 

Supporting Anaesthetists' Professionalism and Performance: A guide for clinicians provides a framework for understanding professionalism and performance as it applies to the practice of anaesthesia. 


Code of conduct

The ANZCA Code of Conduct has been withdrawn from use and replaced by the codes of conduct of the Medical Board of Australia and Medical Council of New Zealand.


Professional standards

Professional document

Background paper

PS01 Recommendations on Essential Training for Rural General Practitioners in Australia Proposing to Administer Anaesthesia


PS02 Statement on Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice in Anaesthesia (**PILOT**)

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PS03 Guidelines for the Management of Major Regional Analgesia

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PS04 Statement on the Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit (**PILOT**)

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PS06 The Anaesthesia Record. Recommendations on the Recording of an Episode of Anaesthesia Care


PS07 Guidelines on Pre-Anaesthesia Consultation and Patient Preparation

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PS08 Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist 

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PS09 Guidelines on Sedation and/or Analgesia for Diagnostic and Interventional Medical, Dental or Surgical Procedures

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PS12 Guidelines on Smoking as Related to the Perioperative Period

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PS15 Guidelines for the Perioperative Care of Patients Selected for Day Care Surgery

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PS18 Guidelines on Monitoring During Anaesthesia

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PS19 Recommendations on Monitored Care by an Anaesthetist


PS26 Guidelines on Consent for Anaesthesia or Sedation


PS27 Guidelines for Major Extracorporeal Perfusion

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PS28 Guidelines on Infection Control in Anaesthesia

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PS29 Statement on Anaesthesia Care of Children in Healthcare Facilities Without Dedicated Paediatric Facilities


PS31 Guidelines on Checking Anaesthesia Delivery Systems

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PS37 Guidelines for Health Practitioners Administering Local Anaesthesia

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PS38 Statement Relating to the Relief of Pain and Suffering and End of Life Decisions


PS40 Statement on the Relationship between Fellows, Trainees and the Healthcare Industry

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PS41 Guidelines on Acute Pain Management


PS42 Statement on Staffing of Accredited Departments of Anaesthesia

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PS43 Statement on Fatigue and the Anaesthetist


PS44 Guidelines to Fellows Acting on Appointments Committees for Senior Staff in Anaesthesia


PS45 Statement on Patients' Rights to Pain Management and Associated Responsibilities


PS46 Guidelines on Training and Practice of Perioperative Cardiac Ultrasound in Adults

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PS49 Guidelines on the Health of Specialists and Trainees


PS50 Guidelines on Return to Anaesthesia Practice for Anaesthetists 

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PS51 Guidelines for the Safe Management and Use of Medications in Anaesthesia

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PS52 Guidelines for Transport of Critically Ill Patients 

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PS53 Statement on the Handover Responsibilities of the Anaesthetist

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PS54 Statement on the Minimum Safety Requirements for Anaesthetic Machines and Workstations for Clinical Practice (previously T03)

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PS55 Recommendations on Minimum Facilities for Safe Administration of Anaesthesia in Operating Suites and Other Anaesthetising Locations (previously T01)


PS56 Guidelines on Equipment to Manage a Difficult Airway During Anaesthesia (previously T04)

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PS57 Statement on Duties of Specialist Anaesthetists (previously TE06)

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PS58 Guidelines on Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement in Anaesthesia

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PS59 Statement on Roles in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care

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PS60 Guidelines on the Perioperative Management of Patients with Suspected or Proven Hypersensitivity to Chlorhexidine

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PS61 Guidelines for the Management of Evolving Airway Obstruction: Transition to the Can't Intubate Can't Oxygenate Airway Emergency

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PS62 Statement on Cultural Competence

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PS63 Guidelines for Safe Care for Patients Sedated in Health Care Facilities for Acute Behavioural Disturbance (**PILOT**)

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PS64 Statement on Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Practice (**PILOT**)

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PS65 Guidelines for the Performance Assessment of a Peer (**PILOT**) Click here


Training and educational 

The ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation, the complementary regulation 37 and the updated Anaesthesia Training Program Curriculum are available here. These three documents are relevant to Australian and New Zealand Fellows, trainees and facilities from the start of the 2013 hospital employment year and incorporate aspects of the training and educational professional documents.

The ANZCA Handbook for Training and Accreditation in the Affiliated Training Regions and the complementary regulation 38 are available here. These documents are relevant to Fellows, trainees and facilities in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore from the start of the 2013 hospital employment year and incorporate aspects of the training and educational professional documents. 

The majority of the training and educational professional documents have been withdrawn. The following continue to apply on a limited basis, as noted at the outset of each document:






Zip file

A Zip file containing all of the most up to date ANZCA Professional Documents can be downloaded here.

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