The European Union Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care, PaSQ was officially launched in May 2012 in Roskilde, Denmark in the presence of Ms.Astrid Krag, Danish Minister for Health.
The general objective of PaSQ Joint Action (JA) is to contribute to Patient Safety (PS) and good Quality of Care (QC) by supporting the implementation of the Council Recommendations on PS through cooperation between European Member States (EU MS), EU stakeholders and international organisations on issues related to quality of health care, including PS and Patient Involvement (PI).
This will be done by sharing knowledge, experience and good practices with each other, the Commission and relevant European and international bodies, as well as examining transferability of these practices.
The main outcome of the JA will be the consolidation of the permanent network for PS established under EUNetPas.
This network will reflect on principles of good quality healthcare and on how to ensure EU collaboration on QC (including PS) following the JA grant period, and also to facilitate exchange of good practices on PI for improving PS and related aspects of quality of health care.
A selection of good practices will be made, with a preference for those that are relevant for most MS. This voluntary exchange of experiences could lead to a peer review system for quality management systems in health care.
The primary targets of this Project are EU MS representatives PaSQ National Contact Points (NCPs) and relevant stakeholders: health administrations, health care professionals, patient associations, healthcare organisations.
Indirectly, the entire EU population is a potential target; in particular those individuals who are in greatest need of medical care (women, children, the elderly and disabled).