Scope of CQC fees

Closed 1 Feb 2016

Opened 21 Dec 2015


The Health and Social Care Act 2008 provides the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with a power to charge fees for the registration of health and adult social care providers of regulated activities.  CQC’s new comprehensive inspections consider the quality and safety of care above and beyond whether a provider is complying with the registration requirements. 

The Department is proposing to introduce a regulation that will bring these inspections and any associated rating within the scope of its fee raising power.

This proposal is not about changing the CQC’s fee structure or the level of fees that it proposes to charge.   Neither is it about extending the remit of the CQC’s activity to additional providers or services. 

Why We Are Consulting

The Department is consulting to introduce a regulation that will bring CQC inspections and any associated rating within the scope of its fees.  This will provide for the CQC to move towards the full cost recovery of its inspection costs.  We are seeking your views on this.

The consultation document is available at


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