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


Common Formats for Retail Pharmacy - Version 0.1 Beta Now Available!

Retail Pharmacy Event Description

Retail Pharmacy Aggregate Report


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released Common Formats for Retail Pharmacy - Version 0.1 Beta .  The set of formats are currently available as a Beta version for public review and comment on the NQF Web site.   This version will be revised based on feedback received.



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.