EFCNI - European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants

For the best start in life

The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is the first pan-European organisation and network to represent the interests of preterm and newborn infants and their families.

We bring together parents, healthcare experts from different disciplines, and scientists with the common goal of improving long-term health of preterm and newborn children. Our vision is to ensure the best start in life for every baby.

With our activities we want to reduce preterm birth rates, ensure the best possible treatment, care, and support and to improve the long-term health of preterm infants and newborns with illnesses.


Campaigns & projects

11 Months – 11 Topics

11 Months – 11 Topics

October is dedicated to the topic of Patient safety & hygiene practice.  Infants admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit are extremely vulnerable and thus at a high risk of being harmed by lapses in quality or safety. Hygiene is an additional major issue in the NICU. Please have a look at our European Standards of Care for Newborn Health project and the standards in this field, to learn more about how a holistic concept for patient safety and hygiene practice contributes to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. 



Read the latest edition of the EFCNI newsletter and find out more about our milestone projects and events. 

World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day

“World Prematurity Day” is an awareness day on 17 November that honours preterm infants and their families. It was first celebrated by EFCNI and our partner parent organisations in 2009…

Socks for Life

Socks for Life

Socks for Life is a worldwide and year-round campaign to raise awareness for preterm birth, while at the same time working in partnership to improve the situation and to make a difference for preterm babies, their families, and the care team around the infant. 


news research

A cost-consequences analysis on increased utilisation of triple chamber bag parenteral nutrition

The safety of parenteral nutrition (PN) remains a concern in preterm neonates, impacting clinical outcomes...
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GLANCE is a global project, initiated and coordinated under the umbrella of EFCNI.

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The EFCNI Academy – an international education programme for healthcare professionals offering high-quality training.

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GE Healthcare is now Platinum Partner

We are happy to announce that GE Healthcare changed the partnership from Bronze to Platinum on June 1st, 2020.

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The European Standards of Care for Newborn Health project is an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop standards of care for key topics in newborn health. The newly developed standards are supported by 108 healthcare professional societies and 50 parent organisations worldwide. The standards were launched in the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 November 2018.

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Upcoming events

15 Oct 2020

Medela Goldkonferenz

29 Oct 2020

SIGNEC 2020 & Neonatal QI Conference

10 Dec 2020
03 Mar 2021

Fetal and Neonatal Neurology, Paris, France

23 Mar 2021
14 Sep 2021
01 Oct 2021