Report an Error

Share your stories with ISMP and help prevent errors and patient harm

Healthcare practitioners and consumers report medication and vaccine errors to ISMP with the hope that future errors and patient harm will be prevented. We rely on the details you provide in your reports to identify the causes and contributing factors of the event. It is only with detailed information that we can tell a powerful story that can spark change and improvement.

We thank you for trusting us with your reports. You can expect ISMP staff to review every report received. We look forward to working together to prevent medication errors and patient harm.

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Report an Error: Healthcare Practitioners

Medication Error Reporting Form

The ISMP National Medication Errors Reporting Program (ISMP MERP) is an internationally recognized program for healthcare professionals to share potential or actual medication errors that occurred at their workplace. Reporting an error or hazardous condition is simple and confidential.

Please provide as much detail, including causes and contributing factors, in your report as possible. After you submit your confidential report, ISMP staff will follow up with you to ask additional questions to clarify what went wrong and to identify the causes and factors that contributed to the reported event.

Report a Medication Error

Report to ISMP as a Patient Safety Organization

You may prefer to report an adverse medication event to ISMP as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization (PSO). As a PSO, federal legal protection can be provided for certain patient safety information prepared within your patient safety evaluation system and submitted to ISMP. The protected information, called patient safety work product, includes information you provide about why the error happened or why the hazard exists, along with any further analysis of the event provided back to you by ISMP. The basic facts, whether written or observed, regarding what happened along with the patient’s medical/health records, are NOT considered patient safety work product and cannot be provided with federal protection in the event of a lawsuit. However, contextually identifiable information will NOT be disclosed outside ISMP unless we are legally compelled to do so. Click here to learn more about reporting an adverse event to ISMP as a PSO.

Report a Medication Error to ISMP PSO

Vaccine Error Reporting Form

The ISMP National Vaccine Errors Reporting Program (ISMP VERP) is an internationally recognized program for healthcare professionals to share potential or actual errors that can occur with vaccines.  Reporting an error or hazardous condition is simple and confidential.

Please provide as much detail, including causes and contributing factors, in your report as possible. After you submit your confidential report, ISMP staff may follow up with you to ask additional questions to clarify what went wrong and to identify the causes and factors that contributed to the reported event.

Report a Vaccine Error

Report to ISMP as a Patient Safety Organization

You may prefer to report an adverse medication event to ISMP as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization (PSO). As a PSO, federal legal protection can be provided for certain patient safety information prepared within your patient safety evaluation system and submitted to ISMP. The protected information, called patient safety work product, includes information you provide about why the error happened or why the hazard exists, along with any further analysis of the event provided back to you by ISMP. The basic facts, whether written or observed, regarding what happened along with the patient’s medical/health records, are NOT considered patient safety work product and cannot be provided with federal protection in the event of a lawsuit. However, contextually identifiable information will NOT be disclosed outside ISMP unless we are legally compelled to do so. Click here to learn more about reporting an adverse event to ISMP as a PSO.

Report a Vaccine Error to ISMP PSO