We believe that everyone has a role in driving safer better care, so in carrying out our work we want to hear from all our stakeholders, the general public, patients, service users, service providers, and those working in the health and social care sectors as to how we can improve services for all.

We recognise that it is only through consulting with all those who have an interest in or are concerned about health and social care services, that we can achieve our aims of improving Ireland’s health and social care services.

Through our consultations we seek to achieve an accurate understanding of what is important to people and ensure that all our stakeholders are clear on our role, the work we do and the real impact it has on people’s lives.

By adopting an inclusive approach, and consulting in the most appropriate way, we can:

  • work more effectively to meet the needs of our stakeholders
  • drive safety in health and social care
  • achieve our organisational objectives towards safer, better, care

Our consultation programmes are designed to make it as easy as possible for people to give us their views and collaborate with us. For example, we produce draft standards for consultation, so anyone who has an interest in them can give their views - whether online, pen and paper or in person. This feedback is then used to inform our final standards.

The Authority is a member of the Health and Social Care Regulatory forum which published guidelines for consultation.

Current consultations

Draft Information Management Standards for National Health and Social Care Data Collections

HIQA has launched a public consultation on new Draft Information Management Standards for National Health and Social Care Data Collections and is asking the public to give feedback on these draft Standards. The closing date for feedback has been extended to 5pm Friday 9 September 2016Click here for more information or to give your feedback.

Recent consultations

Closed - Draft National Standards for Safer Better Maternity Services

HIQA has launched an eight-week public consultation on new draft National Standards for Safer Better Maternity Services. We encourage members of the public and all interested parties to provide feedback and become involved in the standards development process by submitting their views on the draft national standards. The closing date for feedback is 5pm Monday 16 May 2016.


Closed - Draft Fire Guidance for nursing homes for public consultation

The draft guidance sets out the necessary arrangements and precautions that a nursing home should have in place to satisfy regulations related to fire precautions in designated centres for older people. It also outlines what inspectors would expect to see in a fully compliant centre. Closing date Friday 18 December 2015.


Closed - HIQA Corporate Plan 2016 - 2018: Public Consultation

Our draft Corporate Plan sets out our aims and objectives for the next three years. It outlines how we will meet our core legal responsibilities and how we will plan and prepare for the future.

Closed - Draft Standard for Diagnosis and Adverse Reactions datasets and CDA specifications

The development of national standard datasets can help to standardise how patient information is recorded and can facilitate easier sharing of information within and between health and social care services. Currently there is no standardised datasets to describe a diagnosis or adverse reaction that can be used for electronic documents such as referrals, discharge summaries and in a national patient summaries record.

Closed - Revision of Draft National Standard Demographic Dataset and Guidance for use in health and social care settings in Ireland

In 2013 the Authority published the National Standard Demographic Dataset and Guidance for use in health and social care settings in Ireland. We are now undertaking a revision of that standard. We welcome your views to help inform the finalised national standard demographic dataset and guidance.

Closed - Health technology assessment of a selective BCG vaccination programme: Draft for public consultation

HIQA has commenced a public consultation on proposed changes to the BCG vaccination programme in Ireland. At the request of the Department of Health, HIQA has evaluated changes to the national infant BCG vaccination programme proposed by the National Immunisation and National TB Advisory Committees.Read more in our press release .

Closed - Public Consultation on Draft information governance and management standards for the health identifiers operator in Ireland

HIQA has published draft Standards for public consultation which lay the foundation for the introduction of individual health identifiers to the Irish healthcare system. Read more in our press release.

Closed - Public Consultation on Draft national standards for special care units

HIQA has developed Draft National Standards for Special Care Units preparation for changes to the legislation which governs the Authority. When the relevant changes to law are made, all special care units – run by the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), or run by a private organisation or a voluntary body – will have to be registered with HIQA.  Read more

Closed - Public consultation on HTA of public access defibrillation

We are undertaking a health technology assessment (HTA) of public access defibrillation in Ireland. A draft report describing the results of the assessment is being made available for public consultation prior to being finalised.

Closed - Consultation on HTA of Scheduled Gastrointestinal Procedures

Changing demographics, and the increasing prevalence of both obesity and chronic disease are placing increasing pressure on the Irish healthcare service, with demand for scheduled procedures continuing to exceed available capacity. Allocation of existing finite resources should consider equity and fairness; the needs and expectations of individual patients need to be balanced with the requirement to maximise health gain for the population.