Targets and tasks
Updated 01 June 2017
The Danish Patient Safety Authority performs a number of tasks that are part of our vision to strengthen patient safety. These tasks include to:
- supervise authorised health professionals and health organisations.
- offer advice about communicable diseases, health conditions relevant in the issuance of driving licences and to conduct inquests, etc..
- issue registrations in 16 different healthcare professions to both Danish and foreign healthcare professionals.
- issue permissions to practice independently as a medical doctor, dentist or chiropractor.
- issue specialist registrations in the 38 medical specialities and specialist registrations in the two dental specialties.
- resolve complaints about infringement of patient rights and complaints about treatment provided in the health service when the criticism concerns a treatment facility and not an individual healthcare provider.
- handle the central administration of the reporting system for adverse events in the health service and contribute to using knowledge about adverse events and knowledge from patient and compensation cases in a preventive way.
- give advice about the right to medical assistance in other countries pursuant to Danish legislation, EU regulation and other international agreements.
In addition, the Danish Patient Safety Authority serves as secretariat to:
- the Danish Health Services Disciplinary Board, which processes complaints about health services provided by an individual healthcare provider.
- the Patient Compensation Appeals Board, which processes complaints about decisions made by the Patient Compensation Association in cases about treatment and pharmaceutical injuries.
- the Psychiatric Patients’ Appeals Board, which processes complaints about decisions made by the Psychiatric Patients' Complaints Board.
- the Abortion Appeals Board, which handles complaints about decisions made by the regional abortion and sterilisation councils.