Health Boards, Councils and Committees

The Minister of Health appoints 31 boards, councils and committees to perform mandated and advisory functions for the Ministry.  

There are 16 health professional boards and councils, 7 professional conduct committees, 4 tribunals and oversight comittees, 2 advisory committees, and 2 Quangos.

Health Professional Boards are legal bodies responsible for licensing and regulating professionals, ensuring adherence to established standards and addressing complaints.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer serves as the secretariat in support of 5 Professional Boards, representing over 17 professions with the remainder performing their own administration.

These boards, councils and committees are made up of appointed members who perform their functions on a largely voluntary basis. Members are reimbursed according to the Government Authorities (Fees) Act 1971 at the rate of $50 per day on which a meeting is attended ($100 for the Chairperson or equivalent).

Visit the links below for more information on the health boards, councils and committee by topic:

Addiction Counselling Medicine
Allied Health Mental Health Review Tribunal
Chiropody Nursing and Midwifery
Dentistry Occupational Therapy
Diagnostic Imaging Optometry
Dietetics Pharmacy
Disability Physiotherapy
Emergency Medical Services Psychology 
Financial Assistance Safety and Health
Health Insurance Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology
Medical Lab Technology Quangos

Membership on these boards, councils and committees is listed on the Health Boards, Councils and Committees Membership page. Persons interested in serving should review the relevant legislation and may submit an expression of interest online at