In October 1997, with sponsorship from Siemens Europe, representatives of over twenty European critical care nursing associations met in Rotterdam for a weekend, to discuss the possibility of setting up a federation of critical care nurses. At this first meeting, the broad aims and objectives of a European Federation were established. Two further meetings, in Stockholm and Zagreb, further developed and refined the purpose of the Federation, and established its founding principles of equity and collaboration.The British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) is one of the founding member associations of EfCCNa, and has played an instrumental role in its progress and development.On October 2nd 1999, Berlin: the European Federation of Critical Care Nursing Associations was officially established:
Since its inception, the motives of the Federation have been to promote equity and collaboration, which is captured in its guiding slogan: Working Together - Achieving More. Twenty two associations from 22 European countries are now members of EfCCNa.