Become a Patient Safety Organization

5 steps for becoming a PSO: evaluate eligibility, assess plans and requirements, prepare policies and procedures, choose authorized official, complete and submit form.

Become a PSO is an informal educational resource for those interested in learning about the requirements for becoming listed as a PSO under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) and its implementing regulation (Patient Safety Rule). Become a PSO does not constitute legal advice. It is not law, regulation, or official policy – it is intended to help readers locate and learn about those resources.

Select from the list below for some points to consider when preparing to pursue PSO listing.

The AHRQ PSO Program can offer informal, individualized technical assistance for entities interested in pursuing a PSO listing free of charge. There are no fees to apply for listing. Contact us at


Page last reviewed March 2022
Page originally created January 2014

Internet Citation: Become a Patient Safety Organization. Content last reviewed March 2022. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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