Aegis Bodies

There are agencies and bodies which operate under the aegis of our Department which have a role in delivering health services. Some are involved in delivering services while others are regulatory and/or advisory.  They are listed below.

Dental Council

An Chomhairle Fiacloireachta, the Dental Council, was established under the provisions of the Dentists Act 1985 . Its general concern is to promote high standards of professional education and professional conduct among dentists.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

The principal function of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is to take all reasonable steps to ensure that food produced, distributed or marketed in the State meets the highest standards of food safety and hygiene reasonably available.

Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU)

CORU’s role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration and regulation of health and social care professionals, in accordance with the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

Food Safety Promotion Board – Safefood

Safefood is an all-island implementation body set up under the British-Irish Agreement with a general remit to promote awareness and knowledge of food safety and nutrition issues on the island of Ireland.

Health Information and Quality Authority

HIQA are an independent authority responsible for driving quality, safety and accountability in residential services for children, older people and people with disabilities in Ireland.

HIQA are responsible for driving improvements in the quality and safety of healthcare on behalf of patients. They develop standards, monitor compliance with standards and carry out investigations where there are reasonable grounds to do so.

The Health Insurance Authority

The Health Insurance Authority is a statutory regulator of the private health insurance market in Ireland. The Authority also provides information to consumers regarding their rights and health insurance plans and benefits.

Health Research Board (An Bord Taighde Slainte)

The Health Research Board is the lead agency in Ireland supporting and funding health research.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS)

Organise and administer a blood transfusion service including the processing or supply of blood derivatives or other blood products, and also including blood group and other tests in relation to specimens of blood received by the Board. View the IBTS website.

Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

The role of the HPRA is to protect and enhance public and animal health by regulating medicines, medical devices and other health products.  The HPRA also monitors the safety of cosmetics.

Medical Council

The Medical Council regulates medical doctors in the Republic of Ireland. The Council’s purpose is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among doctors.

Mental Health Commission

The Mental Health Commission promotes high standards in the delivery of mental health services and ensures the interests of those involuntarily admitted to Approved Centres are protected.

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is responsible for overseeing the building of the new children’s hospital. It is chaired by Tom Costello and led by the Project Director John Pollock. The board’s members have the necessary architecture, planning, engineering and procurement experience and expertise to bring this very large and complex project to completion.

New Children’s Hospital

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (formerly An Bord Altranais)

Protecting the public through high standards of professional education and training. View the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland website.

National Cancer Registry Board

The National Cancer Registry has been collecting comprehensive cancer information for the whole population of the Republic of Ireland since 1994. The information collected is used in research into the causes of cancer, in education and information programmes, and in the planning of a national cancer strategy to deliver the best cancer care to the whole population.

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI)

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is an independent statutory body, established by the Pharmacy Act 2007. It is charged with, and is accountable for, the effective regulation of pharmacy services in Ireland, including responsibility for supervising compliance with the Act.

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is an independent statutory body who set the standards for education and training for pre-hospital emergency care in Ireland. The Council publish clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and recognise institutions to provide pre-hospital emergency care training and education.

National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF)

The NTPF in conjunction with the Special Delivery Unit is working to support the delivery of the reform of the scheduled and unscheduled care pathway with all of the clinical and managerial leaders in individual hospitals.


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