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The Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

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These Regulations, which are to come into force on 1st April 2010, are made under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (“the Act”) and apply in relation to regulated activities carried on in England. Part 1 of the Act establishes the Care Quality Commission (“the Commission”) and provides for the registration of persons carrying on a regulated activity.

Part 1 of the Regulations contains provisions relating to citation, commencement and interpretation (regulations 1 and 2).

Part 2 of the Regulations contains provisions relating to registration. Regulation 3 requires the Commission to keep a register of persons registered with the Commission under Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the Act as a service provider or a manager in respect of a regulated activity and regulation 4 contains details of the persons to be regarded as carrying on the regulated activity for the purposes of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the Act (registration in respect of the provision of health or social care). Regulation 5 (and Schedule 1) sets out the circumstances in which the registration of a service provider is to be subject to a registered manager condition. Regulation 6 specifies the grounds on which the Commission may cancel a service provider’s registration pursuant to section 17(1)(e) of the Act.

Part 3 contains provisions relating to the publication of information and explanations. Regulation 7 (and Schedule 2) prescribe information relating to enforcement action that the Commission must publish and the time by which it must be published, and information that the Commission may publish. Regulation 8 prescribes cases in which copies of notices of proposals given under section 26 of the Act, notices of decisions given under section 28 of the Act and warning notices given under section 29 of the Act do not need to be given to persons listed in section 39 of the Act. Regulation 9 defines which Primary Care Trust, local authority and Strategic Health Authority is required to be notified by the Commission of an application for an order for cancellation of the registration of a service provider under section 30 of the Act or given a copy of a notice referred to in section 39(2) of the Act. Regulation 10 enables the Commission to require the persons prescribed to provide an explanation of a relevant matter to the Commission, or to persons authorised by it, in circumstances where the Commission considers the explanation necessary or expedient for the purposes of its regulatory functions. It also gives the Commission power to require the explanation to be given at such times and such places as it specifies.

Part 4 contains registration requirements. Regulation 11 provides that a registered person must comply with the requirements contained in regulations 12 to 20 in so far as they apply to an activity in respect of which they are registered. Regulation 12 provides that the registered person must give to the Commission a statement of purpose containing the information set out in Schedule 3 and regulation 13 contains provision as to the financial viability of a service provider (excluding English local authorities or a health service body). Regulations 14 and 15 require the giving of notices to the Commission in relation to the absence of a registered person and in relation to certain changes affecting the carrying on of the regulated activity. Regulations 16 and 17 prescribe the circumstances in which notification of the death of a service user must be given to the Commission (and regulation 17 also requires notification of the unauthorised absence of a service user who is liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983) and regulation 18 prescribes the incidents, occurring whilst services are being provided in the carrying on of a regulated activity, or as a consequence of the carrying on of a regulated activity, which must be notified to the Commission. Regulation 19 deals with information to be given to service users in relation to fees for care or treatment. Regulation 20 contains requirements relating to a registered person who carries on the regulated activity of termination of pregnancies.

Part 5 contains other miscellaneous requirements. Regulation 21 deals with the notification to be given to the Commission where a service provider dies. Regulation 22 contains provisions which apply where a liquidator or similar person has been appointed in relation to the carrying on of a regulated activity.

Part 6 contains provisions relating to compliance, guidance and offences. Regulation 23 deals with who is responsible for complying with the Regulations in circumstances where there is more than one registered person in respect of a regulated activity. Regulation 24 states that, for the purposes of compliance with the Regulations, a registered person must take account of guidance issued by the Commission under section 23 of the Act. Regulation 25 provides that a breach of certain of the requirements in the Regulations is to be an offence punishable, on summary conviction, with a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

An impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs and benefits to the service provider in question, together with an Equality Screening Assessment was published alongside a draft Statutory Instrument entitled the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2009 and is available on the Department of Health website at http://dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Legislation/index.htm.

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