The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Charities Regulatory Authority (Charities Regulator) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise current and future cooperation between both organisations.
The MoU signed by Phelim Quinn, CEO of HIQA, and Helen Martin, Chief Executive of the Charities Regulator, outlines the agreement between the two organisations, that their respective functions will be executed in a spirit of mutual cooperation where required and will involve ongoing consultation and engagement between the two parties in regard to their overlapping remits.
Both HIQA and the Charities Regulator have involvement with the regulation of certain charitable organisations and trusts in Ireland and have a vested interest in maintaining a high standard for service users.
HIQA is an independent statutory authority established to promote safety and quality in the provision of health and social care services for the benefit of the health and welfare of the public, established under the Health Act 2007.
The Charities Regulator was established in 2014 under the Charities Act 2009. The Act provides for the regulation of charitable organisations including through the establishment and maintenance of a public Register of Charities and the carrying out of statutory functions to ensure compliance with charity law and encourage best practice in the governance and administration of charities.
Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Mr Phelim Quinn, CEO of HIQA said: “The MoU aims to formalise working in partnership with the Charities Regulatory Authority in respect to our mutual interest in charitable organisations that may be operating as designated centres, for example. It will improve shared understanding of the landscape of charitable organisations in Ireland and our mission to maintain high quality and safety for service users.
“This MoU will allow for future cooperation between our organisations and guide us in our shared vision for protecting the health and welfare of those who may avail of social care services run by charitable organisations in Ireland. We are pleased to formalise our ongoing cooperation to date.”
Helen Martin, Chief Executive of the Charities Regulator added: ”I welcome this MOU as a way of strengthening the existing relationship between the Charities Regulator and HIQA. The MOU forms the basis for our organisations to continue to work together to ensure appropriate administrative co-operation and consultation on matters which fall within our respective regulatory remits. In this way, it is envisaged that unnecessary duplication of activities can be avoided and consistency of decisions and measures can be achieved in so far as our regulatory functions in relation to charitable organisations operating in the area of health and social care overlap. ”