Welcome to the PSO Privacy Protection Center

The Patient Safety Organization Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC) was created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support the implementation of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PL-109-41), passed by the United States Congress in July, 2005. The PPC provides technical assistance to PSOs by ensuring patient safety event data is nonidentifiable for data submission and reporting to the NPSD, and provides technical assistance on use of Common Formats. Read more about the PSOPPC. Photograph showing medical scissors, rolls of gauze and a stethoscope over a clipboard with a paper showing Rx.

 Common Formats

Active for Reporting

    Hospital Common Formats - v1.2


    Hospital Common Formats - v1.1

 PSOPPC Services

Services Available to PSOs


Common Formats Support


Submitting Data


The 2015 Software Developers Meeting - AHRQ Common Formats

presentation is now available!  05/01/2015


The PSOPPC SFTP Data Submission Users Manual is now available! 09/09/2014


New Educational Briefs:

Issue 33: Patient Safety Event Data: Minimum and Partial Reports 07/14/2015

Issue 31: The Importance of Submitting the PSO Profile 07/22/2015


Find out when to contact AHRQ or PSOPPC with the NEW

AHRQ PSOPPC Technical Assistance Contact List! 09/09/2014


The LinkedIn AHRQ Patient Safety Organizations Group is ready for you to join!


Visit the AHRQ PSO Web site to learn more about Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), view currently listed PSOs, and find further information regarding the Patient Safety Act and Rule.