The regulation of health and social care organisations in England is the responsibility of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC regulatory activities include the routine monitoring of services, a programme of expert inspections, and the publication of inspection reports and quality ratings.

In order to achieve and maintain their registration with the CQC, providers must comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014. These include “fundamental standards” below which care is not allowed to fall.


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