Frequently Asked Questions - General

What is CORU?

CORU is Ireland's multi-profession health regulator responsible for regulating health and social care professionals. It includes the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the Registration Boards established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended).

What is CORU's role?

CORU's role is to protect the public through regulating the health and social care professions listed in the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended).

To regulate the professions, CORU will:

  • Set the standards that health and social care professionals must meet
  • Ensure that the relevant educational bodies deliver qualifications that prepare professionals to provide safe and appropriate care
  • Maintain and publish a Register of health and social care professionals who meet our standards
  • Ensure that registered professionals keep their skills up to date by promoting Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Run Fitness to Practise hearings into the conduct and competence of a Registrant

CORU is made up of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and 14 Registration Boards, one for each profession named in our Act.

The professions to be regulated are:

  • Clinical Biochemists
  • Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Care Workers

CORU currently has registers open for the following professions:

  • Dietitians / Dieticians
  • Medical Scientists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiographers and Radiation Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech and Language Therapists / Speech Therapists

Registers for the other professions will follow on a phased basis.

What does CORU stand for/ mean?

The name CORU originates from an Irish word, 'cóir', meaning fair, just and proper. These are values that resonate deeply within our organisation, and perfectly reflect our commitment to protecting the public by regulating health and social care professionals. CORU is not an acronym.

How is CORU pronounced?

The way to pronounce CORU is by placing the emphasis on the 'u' at the end of the word. It sounds similar to Brian Boru, construe, pursue and undo.

Who are the members of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council?

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council at CORU has 29 voluntary members who have been appointed by the Minister for Health.  It has a lay majority with one member representing each of the 15 registered professions and 14 other members who do not come from the registered professions.

What does the Council do?

The Council's role is to:

  • Oversee and coordinate the Registration Boards
  • Make rules
  • Provide guidelines on bye-laws
  • Provide support to Registration Boards
  • Encourage collaboration between Registration Boards
  • Serve as an appeals body for those refused registration
  • Enforce standards of practice through the Fitness to Practise regime
  • Handle complaints
  • Ensure the protection of titles
  • Advise the Minister or other functions assigned by the Minister

What is the Health and Social Care Professionals Council?

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council is a regulatory body established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. The object of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council at CORU is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registrants of the designated profession.

What is a Registration Board?

A separate Registration Board will be established for each of the professions. The objective of each Registration Board is to protect the public by fostering high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence among those registered.

Each Registration Board will consist of 13 voluntary members with a lay majority as follows: 6 will be elected by registrants of their profession (3 engaged in the practice of that profession, 2 engaged in the management of services provided by it and one in the education and training of it). The remaining 7 will be appointed by the Minister (one from the management of the public health sector, the social care sector or both, one from a voluntary or private sector organisation concerned with health or social care, one involved in the training of that profession and 4 representing the interest of the general public).

What is the role of a Registration Board?

Each Registration Board will:

  • Establish and maintain the Register for that designated profession
  • Issue certificates of registration
  • Give guidance regarding ethical conduct, practice of the profession and continuous professional development
  • Approve education and training programmes
  • Monitor the continuing suitability of programmes approved for the education and training of applicants for registration
  • Make recommendations to Council regarding sanctions to be imposed on registrants.