Memorandum of Agreement


Memorandum of Agreement between Department Of Social ProtectionDepartment of Health and the Health Service Executive in respect of Utilisation and Sharing of Public Service Identity (PSI) Dataset in the Context of the Health Identifiers Act 2014

On November 8th 2016, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed with the Department of Social Protection for the provision of Public Service Identify Records for the population and maintenance of the IHI Register allowing for the population of the IHI Register with 6.2 million approx. records for known residents of Ireland.  

The Department of Social Protection is the data controller for the Public Service Identity Dataset.

The Health Identifiers Act 2014 was introduced to provide for the assignment of a unique number to an individual to whom a health service is being, has been or may be provided.  Individual Health Identifiers (IHI) can be used in both the public and private sector.  For operational reasons, the Health Identifier Act 2014 provides for the delegation of certain functions to the Health Service Executive (HSE). The HSE will operate the Health Identifiers Register on behalf of the Minister of Health.  Notwithstanding the delegation of function, Section 26 of the Health Identifiers Act 2014 provides for the functions continue to be vested in the Minister concurrently with the HSE and the delegation does not remove or derogate from the responsibility of the Minister. 

On receipt of the data from the Department of Social Protection, the HSE will become responsible for the personal data which it has received, i.e. it is the data controller for information received from that point.