Health Information and Quality Authority

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA, /ˈhɪkwæ/; Irish: An t-Údarás um Fhaisnéis agus Cáilíocht Sláinte ) is a statutory, government-funded agency in Ireland which monitors the safety and quality of the healthcare and social care systems.[1] Mooted as early as 2001,[2] HIQA received its powers and mandate in May 2007 under the Health Act 2007. The Authority also exercises functions under the Child Care Act 1991 and the Children Act 2001.[3]


The Authority has produced a number of reports and recommendations on the safety of care in both public and private hospitals.[4][5][1] HIQA is also tasked with inspecting hygiene standards in public hospitals.[6]

As well as performing hospital evaluations, HIQA is charged with implementing electronic health records[7] and information governance,[8] investigating waiting times,[9] and protecting whistleblowers.[10]

Nursing homesEdit

After the Leas Cross scandal, there was increased demand for inspection of both private and public nursing homes. As a result, HIQA was given powers to register, inspect and, via application to court, close nursing homes and similar residential services delivering sub-standard care.[11][12]

Social careEdit

HIQA has issued reports on foster care services, describing a lack of assessment of carers[13] and criticising the "significant failure" by the Health Service Executive to monitor children in care.[14] In particular, HIQA raised concerns over the Dublin and North East areas.[15]

See alsoEdit


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  12. ^ "Independent inspectors to spot check HSE care homes". The Independent.
  13. ^ "Who will bring up 3 siblings under the age of 5?". The Herald. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02.
  14. ^ "Foster parents still not fully vetted, says watchdog". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Concerns raised over quality of foster care". 8 March 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2019.