The Health Institutions and Facilities Act, 2011 (Act 829) established the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency (HeFRA) in PART ONE of the Act. HeFRA was set up to license facilities for the provision of public and private health care services.
The objective of the Agency is to license and monitor health facilities for the provision of quality public and private health care services.
HeFRA’s mandate is from the Health Institutions and Facilities Act, 2011(Act 829) Section 11 (1 and 2) which states;
- That a person shall not operate a facility unless the facility is licensed under this Act.
- That a person shall not operate equipment in a facility specified in the first schedule unless the facility in which the person operates is licensed under this Act.
A person who
- (a) owns a practice and operates in an unlicensed facility,
- (b) fails to renew a licence and continues to practice,
- (c) provides unauthorized services in a licensed facility,
- (d) prevents an authorized person from closing down the
- (e) obstructs the entry for inspection of an inspector,
- (f) breaches a condition of a provisional licence issued by the
- (g) breaches a condition of a licence issued by the Board,
- (h) makes a false declaration on an application form for a
- (i) provides the Board with false information concerning the premises or practice,Registrar,
- (j) practices in a facility without the appropriate registration,
- (k) fails to submit a health service data required under section
20 to the Ministry,
- (l) poses as an inspector to obstruct a licensed service provider; or
- (m) contravenes any other provision of this Part,
commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not
more than five thousand penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of
not more than ten years or to both and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of ten penalty units for each day during which the offence
continues after written notice has been served on the offender by the Board and the Court may order the temporary or permanent closure of the facility.
The Health Facilities Regulatory Agency will transform itself into a leading and well-resourced regulatory body through managing the licencing of public and private health facilities to ensure that they provide the highest quality of service in an equitable and effective manner.
The mission of the Agency is transform the regulation of health care facilities through quality standard setting, enforcement and client focused partnerships.
Our Strategic Objectives
- To work in partnership with stakeholders across the public and private sectors, so that health care is delivered within well designed and structurally appropriate facilities .
- To contribute to developing and supporting identified professions to improve the management of Ghanaian health facilities.
- To advocate for patients and clients, through a greater focus on safety, compassionate care and transparency in the operations of health facilities.
- To establish a system that ensures health care delivery is fairly priced and involves competent and accredited professionals, utilizing the right type and well functioning equipment