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Garda vetting in GP practices

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out what is described as “relevant work” with children or vulnerable persons. The Acts say that that a “relevant organisation” shall not permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation, unless the organisation receives a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of that person.

“Relevant work” in relation to children and vulnerable persons includes any work or activity carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to or contact with, children or vulnerable persons in healthcare centres which receive, treat or provide services to such children and vulnerable persons.

It is a matter for your practice to assess whether reception or administration staff in your practice would have access to or contact with children or vulnerable persons as contemplated by the legislation. If so they should be Gardaí vetted. Failing to carry out Garda vetting when it is required is an offence and therefore assuming that it is required in respect of all staff members might be the most cautious, prudent approach.


Organisation seeking registration for Garda VettingThe GP practice should also register as an organisation. The following is from the National Vetting Bureau bureau’s website about registering as an organisation:

“If you are an organisation seeking registration for Garda Vetting in accordance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016, you will need to write to the following address:

Registration Section,
National Vetting Bureau,
Racecourse road,
Co. Tipperary.

Your letter should include the following specific and up to date information in order that the National Vetting Bureau can assess your request.

  • Name and business address of your organisation
  • Contact person within the organisation
  • The nature of your business

Following receipt of your correspondence the National Vetting Bureau will contact you”.

Before registering, you should agree in advance of contacting the Bureau, who is going to be your Appointee for Garda Vetting purposes.


The contents of this publication are indicative of current developments and contain guidance on general medico legal queries. It does not constitute and should not be relied upon as definitive legal, clinical or other advice and if you have any specific queries, please contact Medisec for advice

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