What is SAFRON

User Instructions

SAFRON Newsletters

Related Articles & Links

What is SAFRON

SAFRON, Safety in Radiation Oncology is an integrated voluntary reporting and learning system of radiotherapy incidents and near misses. The main goal of SAFRON is to improve the safe planning and delivery of radiotherapy by sharing safety-related events and safety analysis around the world.

Information submitted is dependent on facilities registering and sharing incidents that occur in their institutions. Having started in December 2012, SAFRON has over 50 registered radiotherapy facilities and hospitals all over the world. The system has over 1300 radiotherapy incident reports covering various types of incidents including errors and near misses.

To access SAFRON, users need to be registered with NUCLEUS. To contribute to SAFRON reporting, users need to register with both NUCLEUS and SAFRON. A self-study instructional video is available in the section entitled “User Instructions” below.  

Access to SAFRON is here:

SAFRON aims to:

  • Promote patients safety in radiotherapy facilities by learning about reported events in an effort to reduce the likelihood of the events being repeated.
  • Assist radiotherapy facilities in promoting safety culture and improving patient safety through analysis of near misses and incidents.
  • Establish a database of radiotherapy safety related resources.
  • Provide users with the ability to analyze and benchmark safety improvement efforts.

Features of SAFRON include:

  • A simple way to submit information on near misses and errors that occur in a radiotherapy facility
  • Open source capabilities for reviewing incident reports
  • Learning about near misses and events in an effort to educate and improve radiotherapy safety
  • Central location of related documents and links of safety related peer reviewed articles and reports
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis on reported events for both the contributors and the viewers. For the contributors the ability to perform extensive analysis of their facilities reports, benchmarking capabilities to compare own incident reports against all submitted incident reports

User Instructions

Self-Study Training
This instructional video explains how to use SAFRON as a viewer/contributor and guides you through specific parts of the reporting system.

Registration Instructions
This instructional video explains the registrations steps necessary for accessing SAFRON.

This is a list of frequently asked questions, which are not covered in Self-Study Training or Registration Instructions.

SAFRON Newsletters

SAFRON publishes periodic newsletters covering various topics related to safety in radiotherapy:

2016 March:     Learning from new misses                      
2015 October:  Safety Culture
2015 June:        Distractions and interruptions
2015 January:   Treatment planning errors

Related Articles & Links

RPOP news

Upgrades to SAFRON Safety Learning System 

Technical Meeting on Patient Safety in Radiotherapy
IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, 29-31 October 2014

Patient Safety in Radiotherapy

Improving Patient Safety in Radiotherapy

Useful information

Radiotherapy Risk Profile, World Health Organization (WHO)

Towards Safer Radiotherapy, UK

Safer radiotherapy: error data analysis, Public Health England (PHE)

Newsletter for radiotherapy professionals, The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN)

Quarterly reports from RO-ILS(Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System), The American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Information Model for Patient Safety, World Health Organization (WHO)

From Information to Action, World Health Organization (WHO)

Other incident reporting systems

ROSIS (Radiation Oncology Safety Information System)

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