The Chief Inspector of Social Services, as part of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), is responsible for the registration of Special Care units.

Registration is for a period of three years, the registered provider must apply to renew their registration at least six months in advance of the expiry date of their current registration period. Registered Providers are only allowed to operate a designated centre if they are registered by the Office of the Chief Inspector.

Registration handbooks


Our registration handbooks provide a step-by-step guide for completing the registration application form and notification forms.

  • Registration, renewal and variations application handbook

  • Registration notification handbook

  • Registration prescribed information handbook

Renewal of registration of a designated centre

Registered providers who wish to renew their registration of a designated centre must apply at least six months before the expiry date of their current registration.