About us

Patient Safety Switzerland is an independent expert organization. As a national competence center, the Foundation is committed to a constructive and consistent safety culture in healthcare.

Patient Safety Switzerland is an independent, excellence-driven and practice-oriented think tank in the Swiss healthcare system.

Together with healthcare providers and relevant stakeholders for public health, the foundation launches and implements application-oriented research projects and national pilot programs to promote patient safety.

The aim is to reduce risks in the care of patients. Thus, in the inpatient and outpatient sectors. Furthermore, to support and promote the development of patient safety in Switzerland.


In 2001, two never events – a fatal side mix-up during an amputation and a severe medication error, led the then Federal Councillor to establish a task force. The task force should make proposals for a national program to increase patient safety. One of the tasks called for was to create a nationwide centre for patient safety. With start-up funding from the Federal Office of Public Health, the Swiss Patient Safety Foundation was founded on November 18, 2003. It is currently supported by 16 organisations.

Definition of patient safety

«At its core, patient safety is about managing risks to patient health and preventing harm from treatment», explains Prof. Dr. David Schwappach, director of Patient Safety Switzerland.

The foundation is guided by the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO). It says: «Patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum».