The Chief Inspector of Social Services, as part of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), is responsible for the registration of designated centres, including nursing homes.

Registration is for three years after which time registered providers must renew the registration of their designated centres.

All designated centres for older people, including all public, private and voluntary centres must be registered with HIQA. Services are only allowed to operate if they are registered with us and are inspected regularly to ensure they maintain a high level of care. Find out more about your responsibility as a provider of services below.

Please note that revised National Standards came into effect on 1 July 2016.

Registration handbooks

Description

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

  • Registration, renewal and variations application handbook

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  • Registration notification handbook

    Download
  • Registration prescribed information handbook

    Download

How to apply

You can apply to register or renew registration of a nursing home by completing a registration pack and posting your complete pack to the HIQA Registration Office. Please use the table below to help you identify the type of registration pack you should complete.

Each form is an editable PDF which you can fill in by saving them to your desktop first. If you are having problems saving a form, download the latest free version of PDF reader here.

Change of registered provider

Where there will be a change to the provider entity that is currently the registered provider of a designated centre, the new provider entity must make an application to register.

Registration of a designated centre

Description

If you plan to open a new designated centre, we recommend you to send us a completed registration pack at least six months in advance of your proposed date of operation.

If your designated centre is currently on the Section 69 Register, we will contact you when the designated centre is due to be registered, and you will then be required to complete a registration pack.

Renewal of registration of a designated centre

Description

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.

Application to vary or remove a condition of registration

Description

A registered provider carrying on the business of a designated centre may apply to the Chief Inspector for the variation or removal of any condition applied to the registration of the designated centre.

  • Application to Vary or Remove a Condition

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Registration Notification Forms

You are required to notify us of any changes to information supplied for the purpose of registration.

To assist you to meet this regulatory requirement, we have designed a suite of notification forms which are available to download here. Please read our Registration notification handbook for more guidance on how to complete each registration notification form.

Each form is an editable PDF which you can fill in by saving them to your desktop first. If you are having problems saving a form, download the latest free version of PDF reader here.

  • NF30

    Change of the Person in Charge
    Timeframe: Within 10 days
    dcopnf30.zip342.05 KB
  • NF30

    Absence of the Person in Charge (longer than 28 days)
    Timeframe: One month in advance
    dcopnf30.zip342.05 KB
  • NF30

    Return of the Person in Charge (following an absence)
    Timeframe: Within three days
    dcopnf30.zip342.05 KB
  • NF31

    Change of Person Participating in Management
    Timeframe: Within 28 days
    dcopnf31.zip600.6 KB
  • NF33

    Change of Company Personnel and or Company Contact Information
    Timeframe: Eight weeks in advance
    dcopnf33.zip257.38 KB
  • NF35

    Ceasing to carry on the business of the designated centre and close the centre
    Timeframe: Six months in advance
    dcopnf35.zip63.77 KB
  • NF36

    Change of Partner and or Partnership Contact Information
    Timeframe: Eight weeks in advance
    dcopnf36.zip274.5 KB
  • NF37

    Change of members and or Unincorporated Body Contact Information
    Timeframe: Eight weeks in advance
    dcopnf37.zip104.33 KB
  • NF38

    Change of contact person or change of person responsible on behalf of the statutory body
    Timeframe: Eight weeks in advance
    dcopnf38.zip101.34 KB
  • NF60 - Portal

    Declaration of bed occupancy
    Timeframe: 1-15 Jan/ 1-15 May/ 1-15 Sept
    NF60-Declaration-of-Occupancy-Notification-Form.pdf114.28 KB
  • NF901

    Change to billing email
    NF901-change-to-billing-email.pdf1022.06 KB

Contact us

You can contact the registration office in one of the following ways:

  • Postal address: Registration Office, Regulatory Support Services, Health Information and Quality Authority, Unit 1301, City Gate, Mahon, Cork, T12 Y2XT.
  • Email address: registration@hiqa.ie   
  • Telephone number: 021 240 9340