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International Alliance for Patient Safety

Proposal by Sir Liam Donaldson

Sir Liam Donaldson

In November 2003, WHO collaborated with the United Kingdom to convene a meeting of senior policy-makers and international experts from all WHO regions to discuss future international collaboration on patient safety. At the meeting Sir Liam Donaldson proposed the establishment of an international alliance.


The proposal was unanimously supported and the meeting agreed that a number of working groups and activities should be established to consider the potential functions that the International Alliance for Patient Safety could deliver. This web page will report progress on these activities during the next six months.

We plan to formally launch the Alliance before the end of 2004.

The purpose of an international alliance

"The creation of an International Alliance for Patient Safety would be a significant step in the struggle to improve the safety of health care in all Member countries."

  • The purpose of an international alliance
  • Possible core functions
  • Membership
  • Conclusion

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Working groups and activities

WHO Patient Safety

Patient safety fact file

Patient safety website in other languages

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