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Notice - Inspection of Accredited bodies

Inspection of Accredited Bodies

The Adoption Authority of Ireland has, among its functions under law, responsibility to regulate the quality of service provided by accredited bodies in various aspects of adoption.

 Regulation has two aspects:

  • Registration: under Sections 125-126 of the Adoption Act 2010 any body of persons carrying out certain specified adoption related activities can only do so if the body is registered in the Authority’s ‘Register of Accredited Bodies’.
  • Monitoring of compliance: the purpose of monitoring is to gather evidence on which to make judgments about the on-going fitness of the registered service provider and the provider’s compliance with the requirements and conditions of their registration.

Monitoring inspections take place to assess continuing compliance with the regulations and standards. They take place:

  • to monitor compliance with regulations and standards
  • to carry out thematic inspections in respect of specific outcomes
  • following a change in circumstances; for example, following a notification to the
  • Adoption Authority of Ireland that a provider has made a significant change in staff
  • arising from a number of events including information affecting the quality of service to service users.


The Adoption Authority of Ireland will carry out the following inspections in the coming weeks –


  • Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency 17-21 October 2016


  • PACT 21-25 November 2016


The inspections will be carried out under Part 10 of the Adoption Act 2010 (Accredited Bodies) Regulations 2010.


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