Essential medicines and health products

Reporting and learning systems for medication errors:

the role of pharmacovigilance centres


Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 110
Publication date: October 2014
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150794 3


This publication is intended to strengthen the capacity of national pharmacovigilance centres (PVCs) to identify, analyse and issue guidance to prevent or minimize medication errors (MEs) that harm patients. In addition it is intended to stimulate cooperation between national PVCs and patient safety organizations (PSOs) to work together in order to minimize preventable harms from medicines.

Background and technical guidance are provided on the principles and methods of ME incident reporting and learning. This information is intended to assist PVCs and PSOs to begin using the same philosophy, terminology and processes when undertaking this work.