The Professional Association of German Anaesthesiologists

The Professional Association of German Anaesthesiologists (Berufsverband Deutscher Anästhesisten, BDA), was founded in 1961 and represents the interests of anaesthesiology in Germany. This includes all its areas of activity in all questions dealing with Health Policy, Occupational Policy, Professional Policy. The BDA advises its members on, among other things, such subjects as service contracts, calculation of charges in accordance with the official scale of medical fees, the law applicable to medical practice, liability insurance, starting up in private practice, staff requirements, hospital financing.

In accordance with the federal nature of administrative structures in Germany, the Professional Association of German Anaesthesiologists is organised into 17 regional associations.

While the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) promotes the scientific advancement of the speciality in the areas of research, teaching, further educational and specialist training, as well as clinical developments, the BDA is responsible for looking after the professional interests of anaesthesiologists.

The BDA is the authorized and accepted interlocutor in negotiations with ministries, public authorities and political committees, in matters relating to the health policies and the occupational and profession policies of both the Federal and Regional Governments.

The present position of anaesthesiology as an equal member of the community of medical specialties is, to a large extent, due to the efforts of the BDA.

On the basis of constant contacts and carefully negotiated agreements with other specialties, including i.e. surgery, gynaecology, obstetrics and internal medicine, inter-specialty cooperation and the delimitation of the areas of responsibility of the various specialties have been regulated and placed on a firm footing.

As a result, the position of the anaesthesiologist in the operating theatre and his/her role in the intensive care unit, in emergency medicine and in the area of pain management are now clearly defined.

Together, the DGAI and the BDA share responsibility for the German Academy for Further Education in Anaesthesiology (DAAF), which regularly organises both continuing education and specialist training programs for anaesthesiologists.

Member Service

  • Service contract counselling
  • Advising on charging for services
  • Advising on legislation pertaining to medical practice
  • Liability insurance and counselling
  • Seminars on topics touching upon professional policy

Official Journal

Co-publication together with the DGAI and the DAAF of the official journal "Anästhesiologie und Intensivmedizin" (Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine), which in addition to topics affecting further educational, also carries articles on current questions affecting occupational law and occupational policies.


The statutes of the BDA provide for Full Members (i.e. specialists in anaesthesiology and physicians undergoing specialist training in anaesthesiology) and Honorary Members.

At the present time (2019), the BDA has more than 19,500 members.

Current Projects

CPR-Training for non-professionals

The Incident Reporting System of DGAI and BDA

CIRS-AINS ambulant
The Incident Reporting System of DGAI and BDA for practitioners

Tools, information and the latest background knowledge about patient safety

Network with database to ensure the quality in regional anaesthesia and acute pain therapy

Project to encourage young academics to become anaesthesiologists

International project to create anaesthesiological recommendations on rare diseases

Quality Assurance in Postoperative Pain Therapy

Sichere Narkose
Information for patients on narcosis

World Anaesthesia Day

Information and subjects for young anaesthesiologists

Zurück ins Leben – Back to Life
Campaign for to improve the image of intensive care medicine


Anaesthesiology in Germany

Hospitals: 1,925

Beds: 498,350

Number of anaesthesiology departments: 1,090

Number of ICU beds: 27,550 - including 15,956 surgical and interdisciplinary beds

Number of specialists in anaesthesiology: 25,814
- including approximately in hospitals: 19,355
- including approximately in private practice: 4,352

An evaluation of 993 hospitals in Germany shows that more than 90% of all anaesthesiology departments have their own ICU. Nearly 80% have their own recovery room, and more than half of them a special pain therapy and emergency division.

Specialist Training

Duration of specialist training (for board qualification): 5 years (minimum)

Additional possibilities for specialist training (as a particular competence) in:

  • intensive care medicine
  • pain medicine
  • emergency medicine
  • palliative medicine


Agency of the BDA

Berufsverband Deutscher Anästhesisten e.V. (BDA)
Neuwieder Str. 9
90411 Nürnberg

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phone: + 49 911 933780

President: Prof. Dr. med. Götz Geldner