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Termination of pregnancies

  • Organisations we regulate

This regulated activity includes the termination of pregnancy, by surgical or medical methods, including feticide.

Types of service that should be registered for this regulated activity

You may need to register for this regulated activity if you plan to provide acute services.

If you are not an NHS body, you should refer to Regulation 20 of the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009. These regulations place certain obligations on registered providers.


Advice on termination of pregnancy is not included.

The 'morning after pill' is not a form of termination of pregnancy when used as emergency contraception and has its effect before the earliest stages of implantation.

Other regulated activities you may need to register for

You should apply for other regulated activities if you are providing them. For example if you are providing treatment for sexually transmitted infections alongside termination of pregnancy services, you may need to register for 'treatment of disease, disorder or injury'.

Last updated:
05 February 2019