The licensing of medical activities in Russia

The order of granting licenses for implementation of medical activity in Russia is regulated by the Decree of the Government No. 291 of 16 April 2012 "On licensing of medical activity". To obtain a license are required not only public but also private medical institutions. In addition, it should be borne in mind that licensing is subject not only to the actual provision of services in the field of treatment of certain diseases, but also the provision of sanatorium-resort services, conducting medical examinations, examinations of even preventive measures.

In order to obtain a license, a facility must comply with a number of serious requirements as to the availability of buildings, structures and equipment available to hospitals or other similar organizations, and to the qualifications and experience of the staff included in its staff. For example, heads of medical institutions should have experience of work on speciality not less than 5 years in the case of availability of higher education and at least 3 years with an average education. The Federal service for supervision in the sphere of health maintains a special database that records all information about issued by the medical organizations licenses, and provides monthly updating of information contained therein.

License check

Every patient of a medical institution and a citizen who is only going to use its services, is entitled to ensure that it has the necessary license and its validity at the moment has not expired. This right is granted by the current legislation.

Thus, this right applies not only to public and private healthcare institutions providing paid medical services. Moreover, the requirements for such organizations to inform their patients sufficiently rigorous. So, the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1066 dated 4 October 2012, stipulates that each Agency must provide its customers with the opportunity to see a valid license in two ways.

The first of these ways - placement of information about the current license on the official website of the organization on the Internet. The Agency should lay out the network not only the license number but also the date of its issuance and a list of services that the medical institution is permitted to provide in accordance with this document.

In addition, the organization should place the same information directly in the room occupied by it, so that the patient can receive the necessary information already during the visit to the medical center. As a rule, a copy of the license is posted in the waiting room of the organization, for example, in the vicinity of the registry. In case you have not found this information in the zone of visibility, you have the right to ask the Registrar or other employee of the organization that hosts this information.