WP6: EU Collaboration for Healthcare Quality Management Systems


Lead Partner: Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (MSSSI), Spain

WP6 is oriented to strengthen cooperation between EU Member States (MS) and EU stakeholders on issues related to quality management systems (QMS) in healthcare, including Patient Safety (PS) and Patient Involvement (PI) by: obtaining insight and mapping of QMS in MS; sharing good organisational practices in QMS; reflecting on principles of good quality management in health care; and building and/or consolidating a network of organisations for sustained collaboration in the field of QMS.

Through the work of this WP, health authorities, stakeholders and HCOs at the national and regional level will experience increased awareness, exchange experiences and gain knowledge on Good Organisational Practices (GOP) including PS and PI. It will also facilitate strategies for GOPs implementation at the national or regional level.


  • To build a system (exchange mechanism)  to share GOPs between EU MS and stakeholders.
  • To provide a detailed analysis of the QMS in MS.
  • To identify strategies and GOPs, focusing on quality improvement including PS and PI.


  • Report on Quality Management Systems in MS (No.4)

Associated Partners (APs)

In addition to MSSSI as WP Leader, 22 APs are involved in WP6.

Country Acronym Organisation
Austria BIQG Austrian Institute for Quality in Healthcare
Denmark DSPS Danish Society for Patient Safety
Finland THL National Institute for Health and Welfare
France HAS Haute Autorité de Santé
Germany AQuMed German Agency for Quality in Medicine
Germany IfPS University of Bonn, Insitute for Patient Safety
Greece NKUA National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Hungary GYEMSZI National Institute for Quality and Organisational Development in Healthcare and Medicines
Ireland HIQA Health Information and Quality Authority
Italy IOV Istituto Oncologico Veneto
Italy ITMoH Ministry of Health
Latvia REUH Riga East University Hospital
Netherlands NIVEL Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research
Poland NCQA National Center for Quality Assessment in Healthcare
Romania NSPHM National School of Public Health, Management, and Professional Development
Slovakia SKMoH Ministry of Health
Spain FAD Avedis Donabedian Foundation
Sweden NBHW National Board of Health and Welfare
UK DH Department of Health
EC EFN European Federation of Nurses Associations
EC EPF European Patients’ Forum
EC HOPE European Hospital and Healthcare Federation
EC PGEU Pharmaceutical Group of the EU


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