Health and Food Safety
Expert Panel on Effective ways of Investing in Health

Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Future EU Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety

Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Future EU Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety

The European Commission and the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) launched from 1 August until 21 September 2014 a public consultation on the preliminary opinion on the ‘Future EU Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety’.

The opinion seeks to outline an EU agenda on patient safety and quality of care. It identifies a subset of commonly accepted dimensions of quality/safety applicable to all health services, which should be prioritized at EU level. Indeed, regardless of the level of health care provided, all services have to be effective, safe, appropriate, patient-centred, efficient and equitable. With regard to the information needed to assess quality and safety of health care in the EU, the EXPH highlight a subset of indicators potentially suitable to quantify these quality/safety core dimensions.

Submissions received during the public consultation were carefully examined by the EXPH and, when relevant, taken into account in the final opinion.

The text of the 180 comments received and the response provided by the EXPH is available here.