Information about THE SUPERVISORY ORGANISATION(s) in
1. COUNTRY/REGION: Latvia
Website of the supervisory organisation: www.vi.gov.lv
Is this website in English or partly in English? Yes, website is in Latvian, English and Russian.
Name and function: Diana Dumina, Head of Quality and Risk Department
Address: Klijanu str.7, Riga, Latvia, LV-1012
Telephone number: +371 67357817
Mobile phone: +371 29106178
Name and function: Ainars Civcs, Head of Health Care Supervision and Control Department
Address: Klijanu str.7, Riga, Latvia, LV-1012
Telephone number: +371 67081660
Mobile phone: +371 29168280
2. THE STRUCTURE OF THE SUPERVISORY ORGANISATION(s)
The Head of the Supervisory Organisation (name and function): Aija Mezsarga, Head of Health Inspectorate of Latvia. The aim of Health Inspectorate of Latvia is to reduce the risk for society and consumer health by realizing state surveillance. Health Inspectorate is to perform state administration functions in the field of supervision and control of the sector, in order to fulfil and implement requirements set by the laws and regulations valid in the said sphere.
The main tasks of Health Inspectorate of Latvia in Health care:
- Control of medical treatment institutions.
- Supervision and control of availability of health care services and application of the public funding.
- Control of quality of health care and capacity checks.
- Maintenance of the Register of Medical Institutions and the Register of Medical Persons and Medical Support Persons.
- Control of pharmaceutical companies and circulation of drugs.
- Control of distribution and application (operation) of medical devices.
Size of the Supervisory Organisation:
Number of inspections/supervisions or number of inspectors or number of full time equivalents of people working in the organisation; number of hospitals or health institutions under supervision: There are 96 people working in health care monitoring, control and evaluation of conformity in the Health Inspectorate of Latvia (including drug control – 13, control of medical institutions – 24, service control – 6, control of quality of health care – 32.
There are all hospitals and health institutions under Health Inspectorate supervision in Latvia.
Number of people working in the organizations: 237
Other relevant information about the Supervisory Organisation in your country or region: Health Inspectorate of Latvia works not only in scope of health care, but also in scope of public and environment health.
Web address: www.vi.gov.lv
3. THE SCOPE OF THE SUPERVISORY ORGANISATION(s)
Is there supervision on health care in general?
Is there supervision on hospitals?
Is there supervision on other health care institutions like nursing homes / convalescent homes?
Is there supervision on the production and the use of medicines?
Is there a supervisory relation with health care professionals? If yes, what kind of relation?
Yes, control of health care professionals qualification (license and certificate).
Other relevant information about the scope of the supervisory organization:
In according with Latvian normative regulations, health care professionals who have been certified and registered in the medical persons and medical support persons register are permitted to independently engage in medical treatment in a specific basic speciality, sub-speciality or additional speciality in conformity with the competence stipulated by the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers.
Supervision of medical devices on health care institutions and inspections of importers and distributor, also support for Customs administrations.
4. METHODS OF INSPECTATION OR SUPERVISION
What methods of inspection or supervision are used in your country/region?
Monitoring, control, evaluation of conformity.
Other information about the methods of inspection in your country / region:
Other regulators commission other organisations to monitor against standards:
5. WHAT IS THE COMPETENCE OF THE SUPERVISORY ORGANISATION IN YOUR COUNTRY?
Is the supervisory organisation entitled to use compulsory measures (sanction/repression/enforcement)?
Is the supervisory organisation entitled to take precautions and implement measures to prevent accidents or incidents?
Yes, distribution of goods in the suspension, the termination, warnings and administrative protocol compilation.
Does the supervisory organisation have the authority to close institutions or stop non proper healthcare?
Is the supervisory organisation allowed to interfere in other ways? Can remove licence, enforce recommendations for social care centres . If yes, in what way?
Other relevant information about the competence of the supervisory organisation
6. INTERESTING ONGOING DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR COUNTRY/REGION
Implementation of preventing functions in work of Health Inspectorate of Latvia.