The World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS) was established in Paris, in September 1997. It arose from the vision of several world leaders in the field of pediatric critical care who saw the opportunity to combine international expertise, experience and influence to improve the outcomes of children suffering from life threatening illness and injury.

It was recognized that, by connecting national societies into an international network, they could achieve more than any one nation working alone. They envisioned a global community that would further research and distribute knowledge needed to care for critically ill infants and children. Working together, the Federation can set priorities, provide resources to pursue new knowledge, and link working groups around the world to build on current research. It can also host forums for discussion on how these research findings can be adapted and implemented to provide options for practitioners in a range of settings around the world.

Since 1992, with the leadership of 4 dedicated presidents, WFPICCS has actively participated in as well as have successfully organized, supported, and sponsored many global congresses, workshops, training courses, and regional educational meetings on pediatric critical care.

WFPICCS Past Presidents

  • 2000-2003: Geoffrey A Barker
  • 2003-2007:  Edwin van der Voort
  • 2007-2011: Andrew Argent
  • 2011-2014: Niranjan (Tex) Kissoon
  • 2014-2016: Sunit Singhi
  • 2016-2018: Paolo Biban
  • 2018-2020: Stephen Jacobe
  • 2021-2022: Satoshi Nakagawa

WFPICCS Congress Activity Timeline

  • 1992: Baltimore, USA
  • 1996: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2000: Montreal, Canada
  • 2003: Boston, USA
  • 2007: Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2011: Sydney, Australia
  • 2014: Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2016: Toronto, Canada
  • 2018: Singapore
  • 2020: Virtual congress (instead of in-person in Mexico)
  • 2022: Virtual congress (instead of in-person in Cape Town)

Currently, WFPICCS has 52 national, international and regional member societies representing over 100,000 pediatric and neonatal critical care physicians, nurses and allied health care workers. Our official journal, the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, covers a full range of scientific content with abstracts of selected articles published in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish translations – making news of advances in the field available to pediatric and neonatal intensive and critical care practitioners worldwide.

Browse our website to learn more about the projects WFPICCS is involved with that take care of critically sick children and their families by reaching out and collaborating internationally with pediatric and neonatal critical care professionals.