Patient safety

Planning for the Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety

19-20 April 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland

Medication errors are a leading cause of injury in both developed and developing countries and can occur at different stages of the medication use process. In response to Member States concerns, WHO has identified Medication Safety as the theme of the next Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety.

A consultative meeting, held 19-20 April 2016 and hosted at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, brought together 57 experts and leaders in patient safety and medication safety from 23 countries. Participants reviewed, discussed and agreed on the Challenge scope, goal and the Framework.

A steering board and five thematic working groups for Patients and Public, Health Professionals, Medicines, Systems and Practices and Monitoring and Evaluation will be established to support the development and implementation of the Challenge under the leadership of WHO Envoy for Patient Safety, Sir Liam Donaldson, and WHO technical units on patient safety, quality of care and pharmacovigilance.

The process of review and consensus building of the strategic framework and plan for launching and implementing the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety provided specific recommendations for framework finalization, and for the formal establishment of the Steering Group and the Working Groups.

The global target of a 50% reduction in medication-related harm was provisionally agreed during this consultation, with a proposed option for nationally adaptable targets, in particular for low- and middle-income countries.

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