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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.


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 

The following revised professional document has recently been approved for a twelve month pilot period:

Changes to this document include clarification that 'monitoring' covers clinical observation as well as measurement of applicable and relevant variables, and updated recommendations for use of the various types of monitoring equipment available today. A newly developed background paper has also been released.


Professional document search lists


To support the use of professional documents, spreadsheets have been created sorting documents by the most commonly searched topics and the ANZCA roles.



All ANZCA professional documents can be downloaded in one zip file. Please scroll down to access this feature.


Code of professional conduct


The Code of Professional Conduct provides guidelines for the professional behaviour expected of Fellows. The code complements the College’s professional documents and emphasises that Fellows have a responsibility to honour these documents and contribute to their ongoing development and revision.


Supporting Anaesthetists' Professionalism and Performance: A guide for clinicians (**PILOT**)


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. The document is currently being piloted for a period of 12 months closing April 2016.  Feedback can be provided for consideration by the document development group by clicking here.


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 Recommendations for the Pre-Anaesthesia Consultation
PS08 Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist (**PILOT**) 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 Recommendations for the Perioperative Care of Patients Selected for Day Care Surgery
PS16 Statement on the Standards of Practice of a Specialist Anaesthetist
PS18 Guidelines on Monitoring During Anaesthesia (**PILOT**) 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 Recommendations on Practice Re-Entry for a Specialist Anaesthetist
PS51 Guidelines for the Safe Administration of Injectable Drugs in Anaesthesia
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 in Anaesthesia (previously TE09)
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


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

Download all ANZCA professional documents in one zip file here (last updated Sept 25 2015).


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