Section 10P – Registration of independent health care service
216.This section sets out the framework for applications for registration of an independent health care service and specifies that such applications must be made to HIS and in addition to information that may be prescribed in regulations, the identity of the manager of the service must be included as well as any information HIS may reasonably require from the applicant.
Section 10Q – Grant or refusal of registration
217.Registration will only be granted if HIS is satisfied that the applicant has demonstrated that they have complied with or will comply with the relevant standards and other relevant requirements. The burden of proof is with the applicant rather than HIS.
218.Subsections (1) and (2) provide that an application can be granted either unconditionally or subject to any conditions HIS sees fit to impose. Specific conditions may be required to take account of the circumstances in an individual service, for example, a condition that a particular door is kept locked to prevent children from wandering directly onto a busy road, or that a particular ratio or skill mix of staff is needed.
219.Subsection (3) provides that if HIS is satisfied that the applicant is complying with, or will comply with, all relevant requirements set out in regulations under section 10Z7, and the requirements of any other legislation that it considers relevant, it should give the applicant notice of its decision to grant registration either unconditionally under section 10Z(1)(a) or subject to conditions under section 10Z2. Otherwise, it will give notice of its refusal of registration under section 10Z(1)(b).
220.If HIS grants the application, it must issue a certificate of registration (subsection (4)), which the independent health care service provider must display in a prominent position (subsection (5)), in the premises where the independent health care service is operated from and, if there is a separate management office, in that office too.