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Registration of Designated Healthcare Centres - Nursing Homes

Competent authority

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), is competent authority for the registration of designated healthcare centres, including nursing homes.

Registration is for three years after which time registered providers must renew their registrations.

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 and are inspected regularly to ensure they maintain a high level of care.

Steps of the procedure

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.

Details of how to complete this registration pack are available from the HIQA website.

Further information on the registration process can be found in the Registration, renewal and variation application handbook.

Applicable fees and method of payment

An application fee is required to make a valid application. Section 48 of the Health Act 2007 states that an application to register or renew registration of a designated centre must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

  • The prescribed fee to accompany an application to register or renew registration is €500* in line with:

- Regulation 4(3) of the registration regulations for older people (DCOP)

- Regulation 5(4) of the registration regulations for persons with disabilities (DCD)

  • HIQA will be unable to process your registration pack if the fee payment has not been received at the time of processing.


Estimated length of the procedure and deadlines

If you plan to open a new designated centre, it is recommend you to send 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, HIQA will contact you when the designated centre is due to be registered and you will then be required to complete a registration pack.

Contact Details

Contact Details for HIQA vary depending on the query, Contact details for each section can be found here.

In relation to registration queries, the details are as follows:

Tel: +353 21 240 9340

Email: registration@hiqa.ie


*Fee correct as of June 2018