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The Care Quality Commission checks whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting government standards. Visit our website at

What is registration?

All health and social care services in England need to register with the Care Quality Commission.

Below we have answered the most common questions about registration and explained some of the key terms we use both on the registration form and in our guidance documents.

Who needs to register?

What is a provider?

What is a regulated activity?

What are essential standards?

What is a location?

What is a registered manager?

What is a nominated individual?