State Board Appointments

State Board Appointments

As part of good governance and accountability, most bodies appoint a board to oversee the activities of that body. State bodies are no different.

The Department of Health has responsibility for a number of state bodies and the Minister for Health nominates and appoints members to many of the boards of those state bodies (“state boards”).

If you are interested in being a member of a state board, including one under the aegis of this Department, you can register your interest on the State Boards website. All state boards vacancies where the Minister has nominating rights must be advertised by the Public Appointments Service on There may be some vacancies that must be filled through a specific process, like where expertise is required in a specific area, or where a member is being reappointed on the basis that they’ve demonstrated their capacity to perform effectively and to ensure continuity on boards.

When vacancies are advertised, and subject to what is set out above, all applications received will be considered.

In making any board appointments, the Minister will not necessarily be confined to those who make such expressions of interest but will ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant qualifications for the positions. In that respect, the Minister will have regard to the body or agency in question and its particular area of responsibility etc. as well as ensuring that the board members have an appropriate mix of skills and experience in such areas as corporate governance, legal expertise, financial expertise (with particular reference to audit capability and/or project assessment). The Minister may, from time to time, also decide not to fill all existing vacancies.

Members of state boards may be entitled to some remuneration and/or refund of expenses incurred in doing their work. The One Person One Salary Principle precludes all public servants from receiving fees.

Current and expired Board vacancy notices

Click on each of the  state boards below for information on each, including their membership, when the members were appointed, when their appointments expire and the nominating body.

State Boards under the aegis of Department of Health
Advisory Committee for Human Medicines (HPRA)
Advisory Committee for Veterinary Medicines (HPRA)
Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (HPRA)
Beaumont Hospital Board
Children’s Health Ireland
Consultative Council on Hepatitis C
Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board
Dental Council
Dieticians Registration Board
Dublin Dental Hospital Board
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Food Safety Consultative Council
Food Safety Promotion Board
Health and Social Care Professionals Council
Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA)
Health Insurance Authority
Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)
Health Research Board
Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal
Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Leopardstown Park Hospital Board
Medical Council of Ireland
Medical Scientists Registration Board
Mental Health Commission
National Cancer Registry Board
National Committee for the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes (HPRA)
National Haemophilia Council
National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
National Treatment Purchase Fund
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
Occupational Therapists Registration Board
Optical Registration Board
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
Podiatrists Registration Board
Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council
Physiotherapists Registration Board
Psychologists Registration Board
Radiographers Registration Board
Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Social Care Workers Registration Board
Social Workers Registration Board
Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board
St James’s Hospital Board
Tallaght Hospital Board
Voluntary Health Insurance Board

The Minister for Health has also made appointments to the following non statutory Boards, which have been established as part of the Health Reform agenda: