About us

About us

The Health Information and Quality Authority is the independent Authority established in May 2007 to drive continuous improvement in Ireland’s health and social care services.

Reporting directly to the Minister for Health and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, our role is to promote quality and safety in the provision of health and personal social services for the benefit of the health and welfare of the public. Find out more about how we do thisor read our Information leaflet.

As an independent organisation, the Authority is committed to an open and transparent relationship with its stakeholders. Our independence within the health and social care system is key and central to us being successful in undertaking our functions.

The Authority has four core activities or functions aimed at achieving these outcomes that are organised in Directorates

These activities are:

  • Regulationwhich involves the registration, oversight and scrutiny of designated health and social care services, including children’s residential centres, residential services for older people and children and adults with disabilities.
  • SupportingImprovementwhich is achieved through the setting of standards, provision of guidance, building capacity by supporting the implementation of sustainable improvements and promotion of quality and patient safety initiatives.
  • AssessingHealth Technologies (HTA) – which involves the provision of evidence-based advice to inform policy development and how services are delivered.
  • Improvingoutcomes through information – which involves promoting the efficient and secure collection, use and sharing of health information.

There are also activities undertaken by our support services which provide the necessary cross-organisational support, coordination and infrastructural services to ensure that the Authority can undertake its work in a well-governed way.

The Authority is governed by a three-year Corporate Plan (link), published in 2013. It is based on four key elements:

  • outcomes that we aim to achieve in order to deliver on our mission
  • our core activities
  • our strategic objectives
  • the key enablers to deliver on the Plan.

The strategic objectives for the Enablers (people, governance, performance planning and delivery, information, communication and engagement and evidence) are, for the most part, led by these three support Directorates: Corporate Services, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement and the Chief Executive’s Office.

Our Legal Mandate

The Health Information and Quality Authority derives its mandate from, and undertakes its functions pursuant to, the Health Act 2007 and other relevant legislation (the Child Care Act, 1991 and the Children Act, 2001).

Mission Statement and Core Values

HIQA exists to promote sustainable improvements, safeguard people using
health and social care services and support informed decisions on how
services are delivered. This mission guides and directs all of the activities of
the Authority.


Corporate values are intended to express what we believe is important, how
we work and how we hope to be viewed by external stakeholders, as well
as the ethos and approach which our staff are encouraged to observe. They
form the basis of the culture of the organisation. Our five corporate values are
stated below and are illustrated below.