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World Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day (17 September)

During the week of World Patient Safety Day, the MHRA seeks to increase awareness, engagement and improve understanding of the Yellow Card scheme.

You can use the graphics below to help us raise awareness.


In 2021, the MHRA supported World Patient Safety Day through social media urging all stakeholders to report suspected side effects according to the theme of safe maternal and new born care.

In 2020, the MHRA commends the crucial role that healthcare professionals play in reporting and flagging patient safety issues, including reporting through the Yellow Card scheme. We also call upon patients, healthcare professionals, and the public to report suspected side effects from medicines and safety concerns with medical devices to the Yellow Card scheme and encourage others to do the same. We marked World Patient Safety Day in 2020 with the 'Every report counts' campaign emphasising that collectively, every report helps to build a bigger picture of patient safety and can lead to action to protect others. See the MHRA press release. Subsequent campaigns have build on this #EveryReportCounts.

The campaign featured insights from patient and healthcare professionals who have previously reported and helped lead to the MHRA acting to improve the safe use of medicine and medical devices. For example, the animation below features Jazz, a pharmacist in Liverpool, who shares her experiences with reporting and why she felt it was important.