Patient safety

Reproducing & Adapting the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist


The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist can be reproduced in its entirety without any modifications or adaptations to layout or wording. This includes the WHO emblem as it appears as an integral part of this tool.


Institutions and organizations are encouraged to adapt the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist to their own facility's needs subject to the requirements outlined in the document below.

If the checklist is modified in any way, the WHO logo should not be used. Instead, in order to acknowledge the original WHO source, the checklist should bear the language:

'Based on the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, URL, © World Health Organization 2008 All rights reserved.'

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