Our regulatory powers have changed and so has our online Care directory. Find out about the changes and tell us what you think.

Welcome to CQC

We are the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We regulate care provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations. We aim to make sure better care is provided for everyone - in hospitals, care homes and people's own homes. We also seek to protect the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act. Visit About CQC.



For professionals

Primary dental care providers

If you are completing the online application form, you can get help with common problems.

Registration update

We are pleased to update that 98% of adult social care, independent healthcare and NHS applications received before 1 February 2011 have now been fully processed.

Guidance about compliance

Find out how to comply with the new regulations:


Find care services

Find out how well your care services are meeting essential standards of quality and safety.

Adult social care services Nursing homes, residential homes, care at home and adult placement schemes.

Health care services Hospitals, maternity units, ambulances, beauty clinics and district nurses.



Our advice and information will help you find and choose the right health and social care for you.

Find out how to get started, where to find local services and what you should expect from good quality care.