• The National Quality Forum (NQF) is seeking public comment as part of the consensus-based process to update the Serious Reportable Events (SRE) list. Specifically, NQF is seeking public review and comment on the candidate SREs that are to be considered for inclusion on the 2024 SRE list.

    NQF first published the SRE list in 2002 and last updated it in 2011. The SRE list is used across the nation by many states and healthcare systems as a tool to increase accountability for the prevention and mitigation of serious harm. With funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), NQF is convening experts to update the SRE list and align it with the evolving healthcare landscape, including novel care settings and treatment modalities. The goal of this update will be to develop a unified, consensus-based, updated list that reflects changes to how and where care is delivered in today’s environment. 

    In June, 2024, NQF conducted a call for candidate events as part of the consensus-based process for updating the SRE list. Specifically, NQF requested public input on candidate patient safety events that meet the updated inclusion criteria. The call received substantial engagement, resulting in the submission of 37 candidate events. Including the 29 existing events from the 2011 SRE report, NQF is now seeking public review and comment on a total of 66 candidate events. 

    The public commenting period will be open July 16 – August 2, 2024, and will include the opportunity to comment on the candidate events and provide input to ensure the 2024 SRE list is comprehensive and reflective of today’s healthcare. Comments can be submitted via this link.

    Please refer to the 2024 candidate SRE list for the comprehensive list of all the events being considered for inclusion in the updated 2024 Serious Reportable Event List. For additional information regarding the current SRE list, please refer to the Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare - 2011 Update: A Consensus Report.

    Please contact the NQF Team at patientsafety@qualityforum.org if you have any questions.