The International Society of Advance Care Planning (ACP-i) mission is to promote the universal adoption of Advance Care Planning (ACP) and patient-centered care to enable the delivery of quality end of life care taking into account each individual’s physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual care needs.

The Definition of Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of communication between individuals and their healthcare agents to understand, reflect on, discuss and plan for future healthcare decisions for a time when individuals are not able to make their own healthcare decisions. This process can be facilitated by a specially trained health professional or can occur as part of routine care with the person’s usual health professionals.

The ACP process ideally results in the designation of a health care proxy, and in the creation of a written plan, commonly referred to as an advance directive, which accurately reflects the individual’s goals, values, and wishes about future healthcare. Since goals and medical treatment decisions may change over time, especially if overall health or if a person’s situation changes, planning needs to be reviewed. The types of planning may vary depending on whether the person is healthy, has mild to moderate chronic illness or is likely to die in next 12 months. ACP is therefore ongoing, and is subject to continual re-evaluation and possible updating, triggered by key health or life experiences. Further reading: ACP Def Sudore-1, Rietjens 1.

Aims and Objectives

The passion of the people involved in Advance Care Planning; who come from a variety of backgrounds including specialist clinicians, general practitioners, nurses, social workers, allied health occupations, lawyers, to ensure that all the individuals they support have the appropriate care they have chosen at the end of their lives is reflected in the aims of the Society which are to:

  • Spread best practice in Advance Care Planning throughout the international health and social care communities
  • Support the development of country specific programmes to embed Advance Care Planning
  • Provide regular opportunities to share experiences and hear from leading practitioners
  • To provide a hub for like minded individuals to discover what is happening in the field and to interact and network


ACP-i is financed without funding from pharmaceutical companies – please support us to maintain this independence.

Donation support for the International Society of Advance Care Planning. Donation support from individuals or organisations are welcomed and will help contribute towards the Society’s objectives:

  1. Promoting universal access to quality advance care planning
  2. Promoting excellence in care for people throughout their life-cycle
  3. Promoting the provision of physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual care in the context of advance care planning and end of life care

Donations can be made through ACP-i. Each charitable gift, whatever its size, makes the giver a partner in the work of International Society of Advance Care Planning. Each accomplishment is made possible through generous involvement in our cause.

Become a member

Read more on our membership page on how to become a member of the society.