The Minister of Health is pleased to publish for consultation proposed amendments to The Regulation and Improvement Authority (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005. The 2005 regulations have not been reviewed since they were made and the department is currently developing a policy which will bring the fees and frequency of inspections up to date and iron out inconsistencies, inequities and anomalies which have grown in the system since 2005.
The proposed changes will also allow RQIA to better target their resources into inspections were they are needed most – providers who fail to meet the necessary minimum standards.
Please note that three consultation events have been planned to take place across Northern Ireland during the consultation period. Details of venues, times and how to apply can also be obtained via the 'Respond Online' link.