Declaration for Patient Safety

Promoting safer health systems and high quality standards across Europe.

About the Declaration

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that patient harm is the 14th leading cause of the global disease burden, equivalent to illnesses such as tuberculosis and malaria. In some European countries, the burden of patient harm is comparable to that of chronic diseases (e.g. multiple sclerosis and some types of cancer). Statistical projections show that strategies to reduce the rate of adverse events in the European Union alone would lead to the prevention of more than 750,000 harm-inflicting medical errors per year, leading in turn to over 3.2 million fewer days of hospitalisation, 260,000 fewer incidents of permanent disability, and 95,000 fewer deaths per year.


The Declaration for Patient Safety calls upon health authorities, policymakers, healthcare professionals, providers and patients to join hands to prevent unnecessary harm in healthcare by promoting safer health systems and higher quality standards for patient safety across Europe.


Sign the Declaration for the right to safe healthcare


The Declaration’s 10 calls for action target policy shifts and actions to promote patient safety in the EU and its 28 member countries.

Ministers of Health of the European Union must agree on a high level of understanding of patient safety practices and standards to steer their national policies towards accepted best practices.


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The 10 calls of the Declaration for Patient Safety

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About Health First Europe

Health First Europe (HFE) is a non-profit organization bringing together patients, healthcare workers, academics and medical technology industry. HFE has consistently been part of building policy aimed at better patient safety in the EU. HFE’s key priority is to promote the development of a truly patient-centred healthcare, a system where all European citizens could benefit from the best medical treatments available. As part of that effort HFE has created a set of recommendations, sponsored numerous events and developed patient safety indicators.

About the Declaration sponsorship: This project was made possible thanks to unrestricted grants from Johnson and Johnson, BD, DocMorris.

Who has signed already?

European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations
EBC - The European Brain Council
CPME - Standing Committee of European Doctors
MEP José Inácio Faria (EPP, Portugal)
MEP Alojz Peterle (EPP, Slovenia)
EPUAP - European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
ER-WCPT - European Region of the World Confederation for Physiotherapy
MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland)
MEP Karin Kadenbach (S&D, Austria)
EFCNI - European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants
EWMA - European Wound Management Association
MEP Lefteris Christoforou (EPP, Cyprus)
MEP Nicola Caputo (S&D, Italy)
The Heart Failure Policy Network
Gamian Europe
MEP Marlene Mizzi (S&D, Malta)
Andrey Kovatchev (EPP, Bulgaria)
EMSA - European Medical Students' Association
EUPHA - European Public Health Association
IDF Europe - International Diabetes Federation
COTEC – Council of Occupational Therapists for European Countries
FAND: Associazione Italiana Diabetici
Eurocarers - European association working for carers
EULAR - The European League Against Rheumatism
EFNA - European Federation of Neurological Associations
ACN - Active Citizenship Network
ESNO - European Specialist Nurses Organisations
Foro Español de Pacientes
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