Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) was a UK health regulatory body set up under the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 - CHRE has now changed its name to the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority) under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 section 222.
The Authority oversees statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK. The Authority assess their performance, conduct audits, scrutinise their decisions and report to Parliament. They also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
The Authority share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to the health and social care sector including the concept of right-touch regulation. They monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
The Authority does this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. They are accountable to the UK Parliament. The Authority are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of their values.
The regulatory bodies covered by the Authority are:
- General Chiropractic Council 
- General Dental Council
- General Medical Council
- General Optical Council
- General Osteopathic Council 
- Health and Care Professions Council
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland 
- General Pharmaceutical Council
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