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Reporting IRMER incidents
Employers must tell us about exposures judged to be ‘significant’ or ‘clinically significant’ accidental or unintended exposures.
Note: Although the guidance makes reference to an exposure ‘much greater than intended’, a term drawn from IR(ME)R 2000, we ask that providers continue to use this guidance until advised otherwise. This should also include equipment malfunctions.
Equipment faults prior to being put into clinical use, i.e. critical examination, should be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
Email IRMER@cqc.org.uk if you have questions about what are notifiable errors.
If your incident requires an urgent response, phone 020 7448 9025, or speak to your inspector.
Make an IR(ME)R notification
Make the notification using the incident report form.
Note: If you wish to bookmark the form, bookmark this page and not the link for the form itself. This is to make sure your report is given a unique reference number.
What happens next?
After you submit the form you will be sent an email containing your IRMER notification reference number. Use this reference number in all dialogue with us. Check your junk email folder if you do not see the automated email.
Notification process stages
- IRMER team conduct initial risk triage and acknowledge the notification
- Review full report
- Progress notification via email exchange or site visit
- Provisionally close the notification via email
- Business support email your CEO to confirm closure
- CQC internally categorise incident
- Publish headline findings in our annual report
- Last updated:
- 19 November 2018