It is a great pleasure to announce the new collaboration between CAP Partner and RAI, Amsterdam. The collaboration opens the door to the very first Healthcare Cleaning Forum, which will be held May 16, 2018 at the INTERCLEAN exhibition in Amsterdam. With more than 850 exhibitors and 30.000 visitors INTERCLEAN is the world’s largest Professional Cleaning and Hygiene trade show.

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Aim of the Forum

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) constitute a global threat to patient safety and cause avoidable deaths. HAIs not only affect patients but also put unnecessary strain on the global antibiotic reserve. According to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, HAIs and antimicrobial resistance are among the most serious public health problems, globally and in Europe.

Key factors causing infections in healthcare settings are poor communication and insufficient application of standard precautions. This includes procedures for routine cleaning and disinfection of environmental and other frequently touched surfaces, as well as reprocessing of reusable equipment.

Thus, this Forum aims to put HAIs and antimicrobial resistance on top of the agenda by creating awareness and facilitating knowledge sharing & networking amongst healthcare workers, decision makers, key-opinion leaders and parties of the industry.


Professor Didier Pittet

Spearheading the scientific advisory committee is Professor Didier Pittet, infectious diseases expert and the director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2005, Prof Pittet is also the Lead Adviser of the WHO "Clean Care is Safer Care" programme, currently active in hospitals in more than 180 countries worldwide. Prof. Pittet says:

“Healthcare-associated infections are one of the largest causes of deaths worldwide. These are preventable deaths. Yet, no healthcare systems can claim to have solved the problem. This Forum will be an essential step in increasing awareness on healthcare-associated infections and in addressing the critical role of cleaning in infection prevention and control”

-       Professor Didier Pittet, University of Geneva Hospitals & World Health Organization

Programme of the International Healthcare Cleaning Forum, 16 May 2018

The Forum provides a comprehensive programme which will be addressed by world leading experts in the field. With the following seminar sessions this project will be a key component in increasing patient safety and in reducing antibiotic use.

The program is available here: International Healthcare Forum


Key Audience:

Industry executives, hygienists, health care providers, hospital executives/ management/ financial directors, facility managers, medical microbiologists, environmental managers, HSEQ officers, technical experts and nurses (head nurses and IPC nurses).

Healthcare Cleaning Lab:

In addition to the Healthcare Cleaning Forum a dedicated pavilion will be situated in hall 9 of the INTERCLEAN, Amsterdam trade show. This Lab is open all show days and will include meet the professor sessions, rotating workshops, product display location, patient room/ operating theatre and a presentation of the train-the-trainers concept.


Key information

What: The first Healthcare Cleaning Forum at INTERCLEAN, Amsterdam
Date: 16 May 2018
Venue: RAI, Amsterdam. Europaplein 2-22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam, Holland

        Hosts and organisers, RAI Amsterdam: Rob den Hertog,

        Secretariat and organisers, CAP Partner: Marianne Kemmer,

Visit the website for more information: Healthcare Cleaning Forum - Interclean, Amsterdam