World Patient Safety Day

17th September 2021

Stand up for patient safety

Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!


The World Patient Safety Day is a campaign for all stakeholders in the health care system to work together and share engagement to improve patient safety.


Exchange of experience and networking


The focus of quality-oriented health care is patient safety. Adverse events that are the unwanted result of treatment endanger patient safety. That is why the APS advocates strategies to avoid adverse events. Many undesirable events can be traced back to errors that arise as a result of complex processes involving the division of labor. The most important tool for improving patient safety is therefore learning from mistakes together.


The German Coalition for Patient Safety – Aktionbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (APS) – has been contributing its experience and network as a platform for the WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY since 2015. The Swiss Foundation for Patient Safety and the Austrian Platform for Patient Safety joined the idea at the time so it was a multi-country day of patient safety right from the start.


The APS would also like to promote networking internationally. The website is intended to share knowledge and experience from a large number of projects and to promote suggestions for expanding and building patient safety internationally.

The APS publishes the results of its projects and makes them available free of charge to all institutions and interested parties in the German health care system. Recommendations for action are an important practical tool. Experts consult in interdisciplinary working groups and create instructions for the implementation of security strategies. Accompanying documents (e.g. information flyers, background brochures) supplement the recommendations for action.

We are happy to provide translations of these recommendations for action on this website.


> Translations in English and Spanish – "Practical Guidance"

> Homepage of the Aktionbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (APS) [german]

> Homepage "Welttag der Patientensicherheit" (World Patient Safety Day) [german]





Practical Guidance

publication recommendation

Maintaining capacity in the healthcare system during the COVID‐19 pandemic by reinforcing clinicians’ resilience and supporting second victims

This has never been so clear as during the corona crisis. Infection prevention alone is not enough. Employees need to be protected in many ways: in their commitment to caring for patients, in decisions that need to be made, with regard to their physical and psychological stress.

Health Worker safety is patient safety!

> PDF Download


Patient Information

Checklist for the use of health apps

In these guidelines, we offer advice to help you find the right application for you. At the end of each section, we have summarized the key facts. This checklist is intended to help you in choosing and using health apps. The idea is not to just tick all or a minimum number of boxes since these guidelines do not provide an evaluation of the medical utility or scientific accuracy of the information or recommendations provided by health apps. Under no circumstances should an app replace personal medical advice because only your doctor or therapist can evaluate which treatment is right for you.

> PDF Download


Online app checklists

In these online checklists, we have summarized some key facts to help you weigh up the risks and benefits associated with using health apps on mobile devices such as tablets, smart phones or wearables and also give tips for the safer usage of such apps.


Available in english, french, german and italian


English – Checklist for the use of health apps

Deutsch – Checkliste für die Nutzung von Gesundheits-Apps

FRANÇAIS – Check-list pour l’utilisation d’applis santé

Italiano – Lista di controllo per l’utilizzo di app per la salute



Roads to Patient Safety: Framework of Learning Goals for Patient Safety Competencies

A Recommendation by Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. (APS) for organisations and teaching staff in the education and training of health care professionals Prepared by the APS Working Group for Education and Training

> PDF Download




WHO campaign


We support the WHO international initiative for World Patient Safety Day


In May 2019, at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 countries committed to recognizing patient safety as a health priority and taking steps to improve and ensure patient safety around the world. The World Health Assembly declared September 17th to be WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY and commissioned WHO to organize and establish September 17th as the annual World Patient Safety Day.


In 2019, the World Patient Safety Day took place for the first time worldwide – since then, the WHO has been focusing on patient safety on September 17th every year. The aim of the international initiative is to mobilize patients, health workers, policy makers, scientists, researchers, professional networks and the health industry to advocate patient safety and to increase public engagement on patient safety issues.

The WHO invites all healthcare organizationsinstitutions, academic organizations, companies, patient organizations – to take an active part in World Patient Safety Day and also to share their ideas on the subject of patient safety and to spread their commitment to patient safety to the general public.


Information on the international World Patient Safety Day and the WHO international campaign can be found on the World Health Organization website. From summer 2021 you can also register your local events and campaigns on the subject of patient safety there.




You are welcome to share your engagement


Every organization contributing to more patient safety is welcome. Please register and we will display your logo on the cooperating organizations page on this site. Your participation is very appreciated as a motivation for more and more others. We welcome you to join us!


> Registration

> Cooperating organizations


With friendly support of the German Federal Ministry of Health

© Aktionsbündnis Patientensicherheit e.V. , 2022