Mandatory Reporting - Vanessa's Law

The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act, also known as Vanessa's Law, is intended to increase drug and medical device safety in Canada by strengthening Health Canada's ability to collect information and to take quick and appropriate action when a serious health risk is identified.

Effective December 16, 2019, it will be mandatory for hospitals to report serious adverse drug reactions (serious ADRs) and medical device incidents (MDIs) to Health Canada. 

The following modules contain content for use by hospitals, health care professionals, educators, patients and their families, to explain, describe, or promote the reporting of serious ADRs and MDIs:

Module 1 – Overview of Vanessa's Law and Reporting Requirements 

Module 2 – Reporting Processes to Health Canada 

Module 3 – Strategies to Promote and Support Mandatory Reporting  

Module 4 – Health Canada's Review and Communication of Safety Findings  

For more information, visit Healthcare Excellence Canada

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