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About Us

Educating the healthcare community and consumers about safe medication practices

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is the only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to preventing medication errors. ISMP is known and respected as the gold standard for medication safety information. For more than 30 years, it also has served as a vital force for progress. ISMP’s advocacy work alone has resulted in numerous necessary changes in clinical practice, public policy, and drug labeling and packaging. Among its many initiatives, ISMP runs the only national voluntary practitioner medication error reporting program, publishes newsletters with real-time error information read and trusted throughout the global healthcare community, and offers a wide range of unique educational programs, tools, and guidelines. In 2020, ISMP formally affiliated with ECRI to create one of the largest healthcare quality and safety institutions in the world. As a watchdog organization, ISMP receives no advertising revenue and depends entirely on charitable donations, educational grants, newsletter subscriptions, and volunteer efforts to pursue its life-saving work. 

Mission & Vision

Our Mission: Advancing patient safety worldwide by empowering the healthcare community to prevent medication errors.

Our Vision: To be the premier independent, patient safety organization leading the effort to prevent medication errors and adverse drug events.

Advocating for a Safer Future

As a leader in advocacy for safe medication practices, ISMP undertakes numerous pro-bono activities designed to influence, inform, and drive positive change to the healthcare community.

Our Leadership

About Our Founder

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), FASHP is the founder and President Emeritus of ISMP and a leading advocate for medication error prevention. He has influenced medication safety around the world, bringing about key changes in clinical practice, healthcare policy, and drug labeling and packaging that now keep us all safer. He launched medication safety publications that reach over a million healthcare professionals in more than 30 countries and is a co-founder and longtime Chair of the International Medication Safety Network (ISMN). His many honors include being named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Our Board of Directors

Our Advisory Board

Our History


ISMP Begins

ISMP’s work officially begins with a continuing column on medication safety in Hospital Pharmacy.


MERP is created

The first national confidential voluntary Medication Error Reporting Program (MERP) is created.


Non-Profit created

ISMP officially incorporates as a nonprofit organization.


Acute Care Newsletter Launches

The ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care newsletter launched.


First Self Assessment

First ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for Hospitals is published.


First Guidelines Released

ISMP's first Guidelines are released.


Patient Safety Organization

ISMP is named one of the first Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs).


First Best Practices

ISMP launches the first set of Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals.



Joined with ECRI to form one of the largest patient safety entities in the world: ECRI and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices PSO.

A Few Myths About ISMP

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