Register a care service business
How to register a care service business (such as a nursery, residential care home or clinic) with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)
Most businesses working with people who require special care, such as the very young and very old, must be officially registered.
Businesses in Northern Ireland that provide social care or private health care services, eg care homes, children's homes and private clinics, must register with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA).
Care service businesses that must be registered
The following care service businesses must legally be registered with RQIA:
- adult placement agencies
- children's homes
- day care settings
- domiciliary care agencies
- independent clinics
- independent hospitals (including private dental practices)
- nursing agencies
- nursing homes
- residential care homes
- residential family centres
- voluntary adoption agencies
How to register
You can contact the RQIA Helpline on Tel: 028 9536 1111 or access online application documents.
Certain businesses will need to pay registration fees.
In Northern Ireland, businesses offering childcare services for children up to the age of 12 must register with their local Health and Social Services Trust.