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The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) dates back to 1929, when it was first held in Atlantic City, USA as a biennial event. Since 2015 it has been held annually across the globe.

The Congress is a unique global forum connecting leaders and decision-makers of hospitals, health services and healthcare organizations to: 

  • share knowledge and good practices in leadership, management and service delivery
  • exchange new ideas and innovations
  • network with other senior executives from across the international healthcare community.

IHF member organizations have various opportunities to showcase their accomplishments throughout Congress. The delegate makeup reflects the IHF membership which spans more than 60 countries. It is a one-stop shop for those seeking the opportunity and environment in which to engage in a 360-degree learning and networking experience with global peers. 

The event is under the High Patronage of
the President of the Portuguese Republic

The 46th IHF World Hospital Congress is being co-hosted by the IHF and the Portuguese Consortium on 25 - 27 October 2023 at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal with pre-congress activities on the 23rd and 24th.

The International Hospital Federation

Established in 1929, the IHF is a global not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it is the global voice of hospitals and health systems. The IHF provides its members with a platform for knowledge exchange and networking with different actors in the health sector, to improve the standard, quality, and level of service delivery.

The IHF recognizes the essential role of hospitals and healthcare organizations in providing healthcare, supporting health services and offering education. Its role is to help hospitals work towards improving the level of the services they deliver to the population with the primary goal of improving the health of society.  

Organized by the IHF with a distinguished consortium of Portuguese healthcare organizations composed of:


Key Information

1st Quarter

  • Abstract submission opens - 18 January
  • Sponsorship opportunities released 
  • Delegate registrations opens - 20 March 
  • Programme outline released
  • Keynote speakers announced
  • IHF Awards submission opens

2nd Quarter

  • Abstract deadline - 21 April
  • IHF Awards entries - 30 June

3rd Quarter

  • Early bird registration rate deadline - 31 July

4th Quarter

  • Pre-congress activities – 23 and 24 October
  • World Hospital Congress - 25 – 27 October
Alison Hutchinson
open quoteI am very keen to hear and contribute to conversations regarding strategies to promote health professionals' wellbeing, navigating the rapidly evolving digital healthcare environment, and how to promote sustainable healthcare.
Prof Else-Marie Løberg
open quoteThe opportunity to share and learn from others across country borders is something I really appreciate, of upmost value in an increasingly international, digital and complex world.
Michael J. Ryan

open quoteWe are looking forward to the 2023 IHF World Congress to learn from other organizations. The issues facing healthcare post-pandemic require new ideas and innovations.

The 2022 Congress was a tremendous opportunity to engage with healthcare leaders and learn from each other. The different tracks covered many relevant topics and helped us prepare for the future.

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open quoteI look forward to hearing the latest knowledge on these topics that can advance the situation in Taiwan.
Richard Stubbs
open quoteI'm particularly pleased with the focus on how healthcare supports climate change and sustainability. It's really vital that healthcare leaders from around the world work together on this pressing humanitarian crisis. This will be an essential and important conversation in October.
Suhail Javed Khan
open quoteMy message for every organization is that the IHF is a tremendous opportunity to join and gain experience from global leadership and to impose locally.

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The IHF is excited to welcome you back to Europe in Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors.

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The 2023 Congress is taking place at the Lisbon Congress Centre (CCL), one of Portugal’s finest congress centres. CCL is located close to the river Tagus and the historical and cultural area of Belem, just a few minutes from the city centre, in a prime area with a vast transport supply.

The venue has the latest congress technologies and is designed to provide an outstanding and memorable visit for all attendees.

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