Health Identifiers Act 2014


Number 15 of 2014


HEALTH IDENTIFIERS ACT 2014

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Health Identifiers Act 2014. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), enacted 24 May 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (Establishment Day) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 175 of 2018), made 24 May 2018, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

revisedacts@lawreform.ie.


Number 00 of 0000


HEALTH IDENTIFIERS ACT 2014

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

This Act is not collectively cited with any other Act.

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1985, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018)

All Acts up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), enacted 24 May 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Health Identifiers Act 2014 (Health Services Provider) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 237 of 2017)

Health Identifiers Act 2014 (Commencement) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 236 of 2017)

Health Identifiers Act 2014 (Delegation of Relevant Functions) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 383 of 2015)

Health Identifiers Act 2014 (Commencement) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 294 of 2015)

All statutory instruments up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (Establishment Day) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 175 of 2018), made 24 May 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 15 of 2014


HEALTH IDENTIFIERS ACT 2014

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


CONTENTS

PART 1

Preliminary and General

Section

1. Short title and commencement

2. Interpretation

3. Regulations

4. Expenses

PART 2

Individual Health Identifiers

5. Assignment of individual health identifier

6. Establishment and maintenance of National Register of Individual Health Identifiers

7. Use, etc., of other identifying particulars

8. Provision of other identifying particulars by Minister of Government

9. Information to be provided by an tArd-Chláraitheoir to Minister

10. Access to National Register of Individual Health Identifiers

11. Use of individual health identifier and National Register of Individual Health Identifiers

12. Use of individual health identifier, and accessing of National Register of Individual Health Identifiers, in another Member State

PART 3

Health Services Provider Identifiers

13. Assignment of health services provider identifier

14. Establishment and maintenance of National Register of Health Services Provider Identifiers

15. Information to be provided by professional regulatory bodies

16. Information to be provided by relevant bodies

17. Information to be provided by health practitioners and relevant bodies concerning relevant employees and relevant agents

18. Use of relevant particulars (health services provider) obtained by Minister

19. Access to National Register of Health Services Provider Identifiers

20. Use of health services provider identifier and National Register of Health Services Provider Identifiers

PART 4

Offences

21. Offences relating to assignment of individual health identifiers

22. Offences relating to accessing and processing

23. Offence for specified person to access National Register of Individual Health Identifiers purporting to be other specified person

24. Offences relating to assignment of health services provider identifiers

25. Offences by bodies corporate

PART 5

Delegation of Relevant Functions of Minister

26. Delegation of relevant functions of Minister

PART 6

Application of Data Protection Regulation

27. Application of Data Protection Regulation

PART 7

Miscellaneous

28. Investigations

29. Agreement to carry out certain activities

30. Verification

31. Data exchange agreements

32. Processing of personal data

33. Minister’s power to specify form of documents

34. Minister’s power to extend time

35. Amendment of Dentists Act 1985

36. Amendment of section 52 of Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005

37. Amendment of section 35 of Pharmacy Act 2007

38. Amendment of section 57 of Medical Practitioners Act 2007

39. Amendment of section 55 of Nurses and Midwives Act 2011

SCHEDULE 1

Authorised Disclosees (Persons Who May Process Relevant Information (Individuals) for Particular Secondary Purposes)

SCHEDULE 2

Persons Who Fall within Paragraph (b) of Definition of “Specified Person” in Section 2(1)



Number 15 of 2014


HEALTH IDENTIFIERS ACT 2014

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


An Act to provide for the assignment of a unique number to an individual to whom a health service is being, has been or may be provided; to provide for the assignment of a unique number to a person who provides a health service; to make provision for the establishment and maintenance of registers in respect of such numbers and other particulars of the individuals and other persons to whom the numbers are assigned; to make provision for the basis on which such registers may be accessed and the personal data contained therein may be processed; to provide for the delegation by order to the Health Service Executive of certain functions conferred on the Minister for Health; to provide for the consequential amendment of other enactments; and to provide for related matters. [8 th July, 2014]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: