Who We Work With

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ISMP collaborates on a continuing basis with a wide variety of partners to improve medication safety based on your reports. Types of partners include healthcare practitioners and institutions, healthcare professional organizations, patient safety organizations, regulatory and accrediting agencies, employer and insurer groups, and the pharmaceutical industry.

ISMP works closely with:

US Food and Drug Administration

ISMP is a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch Partner. We automatically forward the reports submitted to ISMP to the FDA through an established memorandum of understanding. ISMP communicates regularly with FDA about emerging and ongoing medication safety issues and potential risk reduction strategies. As a MedWatch Partner, ISMP also promotes FDA’s initiatives to reduce adverse drug events.

ECRI Institute and the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization

ISMP has long collaborated with ECRI Institute to address medication-related safety issues, in particular those involving medication-related devices (e.g., smart infusion pumps). Today, we continue to work together to analyze error data submitted to both the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and the ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization.

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is an independent state agency. Its mission is to reduce and eliminate medical errors and recommend solutions to improve the quality of healthcare in Pennsylvania. The Authority collects and analyzes near miss and error data reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS). ISMP is subcontracted to review all the medication-related event repots and develop risk-reductions strategies. In their roles for the Authority, ISMP staff lead the Adverse Drug Event projects for the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN).

National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention

ISMP is a member of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP). ISMP uses information from the reports you submit to drive and inform the medication error prevention efforts and statements of the Council. In cooperation with the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), ISMP develops and distributes National Alert Network (NAN) alerts via the Council’s NAN to warn healthcare providers of the risk for medication errors that have caused or may cause serious harm or death.