One year “no cost extension” for PaSQ Joint Action



On its December 1st 2014 meeting in
Brussels, the Council of the European
 made an explicit reference to PaSQ JA
in the Conclusions, point 29 g) and h).g The Council welcomes the work and results on the implementation of its Recommendation 2009/C150/01 as regards to exchange and implementation of good practices, and: “Invites the Member States and the Commis-
sion to: Develop further work on the dimen-
sions of quality in healthcare, taking into account existing knowledge, including the work of the “Joint Action on patient safety and quality of care” (PaSQ), and to “Finalise by December 2016 a framework for a sus-
tainable EU collaboration on patient safety and quality of care, also taking into
account the results of PaSQ JA”.
PaSQ Joint Action has 61 Partners, being all EU Member States plus Norway, and main stakeholders.


In order to maintain key PaSQ tools and activities, as well as to further confirm the added value of its network, PaSQ Executive Board has requested, and CHAFEA (The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency entrusted by the European Commission to implement the Health Pro-
gramme) has granted to PaSQ JA one year “no cost extension” period.This means that the following three activities will be going on until March 31st 2016:– Collection and Review of Good Practices,
meaning:Patient Safety Practices (PSPs) by WP4, and

Good Organisational Practices (GOPs) by WP6,

– Implementation of Safe Clinical Practices
 by WP5,
– PaSQ Communication by WP2, and PaSQ
 by WP7.


About 500 Good Practices with relevant
contacts and meeting PaSQ quality criteria
are accessible from the PaSQ Home page

The Third Review Process of Good Prac-
tices is in course.

WP6 and its partners are working on the final
reports regarding mapping of quality man-
agement systems
 in the EU Member States,
as well as on a set of recommendations for

We invite you to share your good practice
by accessing
PaSQ Questionnaire, and/or
contacting your National Contact Point
 for any question.


About thirty-five (35) Exchange Events have been organised in the EU Member States to exchange information regarding selected clinical and organisational good practices, and build relationship between experts, practi-tioners and decision makers. These events continue to be one of the preferred PaSQ mechanisms for Knowledge Transfer.

Let us share with you the details of PaSQ and
WHO High 5s information and discussion
meeting in Helmond, Netherlands.
On December 12th 2014, the participants
from Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia,
Netherlands and Switzerland shared their
experiences on Medication Safety Crossing
 Med Rec innovation from admission
to discharge, and safe management of High
Risk medication.

PaSQ Exchange Event: Medication Safety Crossing Borders, December 12th 2014, Helmond (The Netherlands)

Participants were invited to prepare a poster
on their medication safety initiatives.
The jury awarded the 1st prize on medica-
tion reconciliation to Petar Pekic, MD from
University Hospital Sveti Duh, Croatia.

PaSQ Exchange Event: Petar Pekic, MD from University Hospital Sveti Duh, Croatia receives the 1st prize for poster on medication reconciliation, December 12th 2014, Helmond (The Netherlands)


220 Healthcare Organisations (HCOs) from
18 European countries have participated in
the implementation of Safe Clinical Practices
Performed assessment on the one year
 of four chosen SCPs on safe
surgery, medication safety, paediatric care,
and medical activities, has shown an overall
positive development.
The implementation in the HCOs was
two-folded: it was aimed to deepen the
 as well as to introduce a
safety practice implementation.

As reported, the WP5 tool boxes developed
as a support to implementation process, were
used between 68% and 94% by HCO coordi- nators.


Expected outcomes for Sustainability are to
build a permanent collaborative network on
Patient Safety that will be enlarged to address
quality issues, and reinforced by assuring
long-term EU Member States engagement in
the PaSQ network, together with the Commis-
It should see the implementation of a col-
laborative business model
 and financial
 of the permanent network with
better involvement of field actors (healthcare
professionals, clinicians, patients), and com-
petent authorities
 (government officials,
administrators, NGOs).


Raising awareness on Patient Safety is
becoming more and more important.In the organisation of Austrian Network for
Patient Safety and its partners, supported by
the National Ministry of Health, for the first
time, Austria will have its National Patient
Safety Day on September 17th 2015
Join this event, and let the example of Austria
encourage you to introduce it in your own
country as well.