The Japan Council for Quality Health Care (JQ) has been conducting various activities, such as the Project to Collect Medical Near-Miss/Adverse Event Information and the evaluation of medical services provided at hospitals, in order to maintain public confidence in healthcare services and improve the quality of the services. In response to rising awareness and expectations of the general public as well as medical institutions concerning promotion of patient safety and medical adverse event prevention, the JQ has been actively engaged in the said activities.
The JQ Division of Adverse Event Prevention has been undertaking the Project to Collect Medical Near-Miss/Adverse Event Information to prevent medical adverse events and to promote patient safety since 2004. As a neutral third-party organisation, the JQ has been publishing collected medical near-miss/adverse event information and the analyses of data in the form of periodic reports, annual reports and monthly fax newsletters for medical professionals, administrative organisations and the general public. The reports can also be browsed on JQ's website.