The Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO)
The Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO) was created in June 1 2013, as a new government agency to take over the supervisory activities of the National Board of Health and Welfare.
It is thus The Health and Social Care Inspectorate that supervises health and medical care, social services and services under the Act concerning Support and Service for persons with Certain Functional Impairments. The Inspectorate is also responsible for authorization and permits in these areas.
The main task of the Inspectorate is to ensure that the public receives safe, good quality health and social care in accordance with laws and other regulations.
Analysis- and general conclusions of deficiencies and malpractice observed by the supervision is one of the main remits for The Health and Social Care Inspectorate
Supervision reports – where the Health and Social Care Inspectorate report its supervision observations to enable systemic learning and to prevent the repeat of deficiencies and malpractice are regularly produced.
Guidance – As part of the supervision remit, The Health and Social Care Inspectorate is to provide advice and guidance to health and social care services.
In the areas regulated by the EU Directives for Quality and Safety of Blood, Tissues and Cells and Organs for transplantation to humans, The Health and Social Care Inspectorate have experts coordinating the supervision on a national basis. Thus all tissue establishments in Sweden, including ART-activities are supervised and guided by experts in the area.
The regulatory agency, The National Board of Health and Welfare and the Non-Governmental organization National Tissue Council are close partners and collaborators in maintaining good quality and safety of tissues and cells for human use. Collection of tissues and cells as well as blood components to be further processed as medicinal products are supervised in collaboration with the medical products agency.