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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), a central voice for patient safety since 1997, and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), have established an agreement to jointly promote patient safety education and professional certification.

A major focus of the agreement is to enable current participants of the ISQua Fellowship Programme to pursue the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential. Since 2012, when the certification program began, more than 1,500 health professionals across the US and in 11 countries have achieved professional certification in patient safety.

“The CPPS credential was developed to establish core standards for the field of patient safety and set an expected proficiency level,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, President and Chief Executive officer of NPSF and of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety, which oversees the credential. “Certification is a means by which health professionals can demonstrate their proficiency and skill in this critical discipline. We are very pleased to be working with ISQua to elevate this credential at the international level.”

Candidates for the CPPS credential must possess a combination of academic and professional experience and must pass a certification examination. Among other benefits, the ISQua-NPSF agreement will offer current ISQua Fellows reduced costs for a self-assessment test that can help them gauge their readiness for certification and a discount on the certification examination. Fellows will also be able to participate at a reduced rate in a CPPS Review Course, which NPSF offers to help candidates prepare for the exam by reviewing the domain content areas and test-taking strategies.

To learn more about NPSF programs and educational offerings, visit www.npsf.org