Consultation on the European validation of the minimal information model for patient safety incident reporting and learning

Hosted by the Polish Ministry of Health, the international expert consultation on the European validation of the minimal information model for patient safety incident reporting and learning (MIMPS) was held on 12–13 May in Warsaw, Poland. It was organized by WHO headquarters, in close collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Development of Quality and Safety in Health Systems (Krakow, Poland) and the WHO Country Office.

The meeting represents a milestone in the finalization of the European Union (EU)-WHO MIMPS project. 45 participants including project participant countries; international experts from Australia, Canada, India and Japan; local experts; the project research team and WHO staff attended the event.

Compiled results of research undertaken during the last 15 months were presented and discussed, and compared with other reporting and learning systems.

Consensus was reached on MIMPS validation in its extended format, and its usefulness as a common denominator for:

  • the development of reporting systems where these have not yet been established;
  • the compilation of patient safety incident reporting at national level; and
  • the collation of data at EU level from well-developed systems so that the learning component is shared and enhanced.

The meeting outcomes will be presented to the EU Patient Safety and Quality of Care Working Group in Brussels, Belgium, in June 2015, where discussions on the next steps of MIMPS development will take place.