Areas we work in

HIQA’s role is to develop standards, inspect and review health and social care services and support informed decisions on how services are delivered. For further information on the areas we work in please click on the links below.

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  • Healthcare icon
    We inspect hospitals and other healthcare providers and talk to patients, staff and managers to determine if healthcare providers are meeting National Standards.
  • Children's logo
    We inspect some of the social care services children access to determine if they are meeting National Standards. This means that we visit services, speak with children, their families and other important people in their lives.
  • disability logo
    We are legally responsible for the monitoring, inspection and registration of designated centres for adults and children with a disability.
  • Older People's Services
    We are responsible for monitoring, inspecting and registering all nursing homes in Ireland to ensure that residents are safe and receive a high quality of care.
  • Health information icon
    Our Health Information team aims to develop a consistent and standardised approach to health and social care information within the Irish eHealth and health information landscape.
  • Health Technology Assessment icon
    The information can cover a range of fields, including clinical effectiveness and safety, cost-effectiveness and budget impact, organisational and social aspects, and ethical and legal issues.
  • National Clinical Guideline Support
    We are responsible for producing the evidence to support the development of national clinical guidelines. The guidelines aim to promote healthcare that is current, effective and consistent, ensuring best outcomes for patients and service users.
  • Standards icon
    We aim to improve the quality and safety of health and social care services by setting national standards and publishing guidance.
  • Find a Centre
    If you are looking for a nursing home, hospital or disability centre, please click here for further information.
  • NCEP logo
    The National Care Experience Programme seeks to improve the quality of health and social care services in Ireland by asking people about their experiences of care and acting on their feedback.
  • Lens logo
    The database brings together notifications received from specified social care services, primarily residential centres for older persons and people with disabilities.
  • Radiation icon
    From 8 January 2019, the EU Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, which sets basic safety standards for protection arising from exposure to ionising radiation, has been transposed into Irish law. This legislation has designated HIQA as the independent competent authority for medical exposures.