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


Newly developmented professional document PS64 Statement on Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Practice has now been approvel for a 12 month pilot period - February 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The ANZCA Code of Conduct has been withdrawn from use and replaced by the codes of conduct of the Medical Board of Australia and Medical Council of New Zealand.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  
PS03 Guidelines for the Management of Major Regional Analgesia Click here
PS04 Recommendations for the Post-Anaesthesia Recovery Room  
PS06 The Anaesthesia Record. Recommendations on the Recording of an Episode of Anaesthesia Care  
PS07 Guidelines on Pre-Anaesthesia Consultation and Patient Preparation Click here
PS08 Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist  Click here
PS09 Guidelines on Sedation and/or Analgesia for Diagnostic and Interventional Medical, Dental or Surgical Procedures Click here
PS12 Guidelines on Smoking as Related to the Perioperative Period Click here
PS15 Guidelines for the Perioperative Care of Patients Selected for Day Care Surgery (**PILOT**) Click here
PS18 Guidelines on Monitoring During Anaesthesia Click here
PS19 Recommendations on Monitored Care by an Anaesthetist  
PS26 Guidelines on Consent for Anaesthesia or Sedation  
PS27 Guidelines for Major Extracorporeal Perfusion Click here
PS28 Guidelines on Infection Control in Anaesthesia Click here
PS29 Statement on Anaesthesia Care of Children in Healthcare Facilities Without Dedicated Paediatric Facilities  
PS31 Guidelines on Checking Anaesthesia Delivery Systems Click here
PS37 Guidelines for Health Practitioners Administering Local Anaesthesia Click here
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 Click here
PS41 Guidelines on Acute Pain Management  
PS42 Statement on Staffing of Accredited Departments of Anaesthesia Click here
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 Click here
PS49 Guidelines on the Health of Specialists and Trainees  
PS50 Guidelines on Return to Anaesthesia Practice for Anaesthetists  Click here
PS51 Guidelines for the Safe Management and Use of Medications in Anaesthesia (**PILOT**) Click here
PS52 Guidelines for Transport of Critically Ill Patients  Click here
PS53 Statement on the Handover Responsibilities of the Anaesthetist Click here
PS54 Statement on the Minimum Safety Requirements for Anaesthetic Machines and Workstations for Clinical Practice (previously T03) Click here
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) Click here
PS57 Statement on Duties of Specialist Anaesthetists (previously TE06) Click here
PS58 Guidelines on Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement in Anaesthesia Click here
PS59 Statement on Roles in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Click here
PS60 Guidelines on the Perioperative Management of Patients with Suspected or Proven Hypersensitivity to Chlorhexidine Click here
PS61 Guidelines for the Management of Evolving Airway Obstruction: Transition to the Can't Intubate Can't Oxygenate Airway Emergency Click here
PS62 Statement on Cultural Competence Click here
PS64 Statement on Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Practice 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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