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, alike 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). Statistics 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 hospitalization, 260 000 fewer incidents of permanent disability, and 95 000 fewer deaths per year.

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


Sign the Declaration for the right of safe healthcare


The ten calls for action of the Declaration recommend policy developments and actions to foster patient safety in the EU and its countries.

Ministers of Health of the European Union must agree on a high level of understanding on patient safety practices and standards to drive their national policies into a common path.

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, Novartis, BD, DocMorris.

Who has signed already?

EBC - The European Brain Council
CPME - Standing Committee of European Doctors
The Heart Failure Policy Network
MEP Alojz Peterle (EPP, Slovenia)
EWMA - European Wound Management Association
EPUAP - European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
MEP Karin Kadenbach (S&D, Austria)
ER-WCPT - European Region of the World Confederation for Physiotherapy
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