About CQC registration

Who needs to be registered?

All NHS hospitals, private hospitals and private practices, dentists and all social care establishments must currently be registered with the Care Quality Commission. NHS general practices who provide out-of-hours services and all other NHS primary care practices were required to be registered by 1st April 2013. It is a statutory offence to be un-registered if you are required to be registered.

Registration requires the organistation to be compliant with:

~ the Health and Social Care Act 2008

~ the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014

~ the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 

~ the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009

The CQC have published Regulations for Service Providers and Managers which assist providers of health and adult social care to ensure they are compliant with the regulations within the Act that govern their activities. This guidance includes the Fundamental Standards - the standards below which care must never fall.  

The Fundamental Standards

There are a total of 14 fundamental standards. Each of these are a regulation in their own right - the 'legal entity'. These include:

~ Person-centred care
~ Dignity and respect
~ Consent
~ Safe care and treatment
~ Safeguarding from abuse
~ Meeting nutritional needs
~ Premises and equipment
~ Complaints
~ Good governance
~ Staffing
~ Duty of Candour 

Providers of care are assessed against all of these standards at the time of inital registration and throughout their registration via regular assessments which may include on-site inspection. It is the responsibility of the provider to show the evidence of meeting these regulations in order to maintain their registration with the CQC.

For further information about the regulations and fundamental standards of quality and care, go to the Care Quality Commission website here:


For further information about how KMA Consulting can help you to provide the evidence of meeting the regulations, use our contact form or call 07806 331 148 to learn more.