The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, has two main objectives; to protect the public, and to ensure the integrity of nursing and midwifery practices.
The Board is the statutory body which sets the standards for the education, registration and professional conduct of nurses and midwives. It also advises on how nurses and midwives should provide care to patients, their families and society.
NMBI's functions in safeguarding the public involve establishing and maintaining the register of nurses and midwives, establishing procedures and criteria for assessment and registration.
Through its fitness to practise functions, the Board is also responsible for considering complaints against nurses and midwives.
CORU is Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator. Its role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration.
CORU currently has registers open for the following professions:
- Occupational Therapists;
- Radiographers and Radiation Therapists;
- Social Workers;
- Speech and Language Therapists.
The professions to be regulated on a phased basis are: Clinical Biochemists; Medical Scientists; Orthoptists; Physiotherapists; Podiatrists; Psychologists; Social Care Workers. By the end of 2015, the Registers of Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians at An Bord na Radharcmhastóirí/The Opticians Board will transfer to the Optical Registration Board at CORU.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is the independent statutory regulator of pharmacists and pharmacies. The PSI regulates in the public interest, to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of patients and the public.
The PSI is governed by a 21 member Council, and has a number of functions under the Pharmacy Act 2007, including the registration of pharmacists, pharmaceutical assistants and pharmacies, inspection and enforcement, the handling of complaints and disciplinary matters.
The PSI also sets standards for education and training, accredits educational programmes, and contributes to the development of pharmacy practice in Ireland.
The Medical Council is the regulatory body for doctors in Ireland. The Council has a statutory role in protecting the public by promoting the highest professional standards amongst doctors practising in the Republic of Ireland.
The Medical Council's key responsibilities include:
- maintaining the Register of Medical Practitioners;
- ensuring the highest standards of medical training and education in Ireland;
- promoting good medical practice and overseeing doctors' continuing professional development;
- investigating complaints against medical doctors.
The Council has a membership of 25 including both elected and appointed members.