Norwegian Directorate of Health

The Directorate of Health is a specialist body both in the area of public health and living conditions and in the area of health services.

The Directorate of Health is a specialist body both in the area of public health and living conditions and in the area of health services. This entails:

  • Being responsible for monitoring the conditions that affect public health and living conditions and monitoring the trends in the health and care services. On this basis, the directorate shall offer advice and guidance about strategies and measures aimed at central government authorities, regional and local authorities, the health enterprises, voluntary organisations, the private sector and the population.
  • Comparing knowledge and experience in professional matters and setting national standards of behaviour in certain areas.
  • Being an organisation that provides expertise to the authorities, various sectors, the service providers, interest organisations, research and development circles and the media.

The directorate has a number of important administrative tasks, including authority for applying and interpreting laws and regulations in the health sector.

The Directorate of Health shall ensure that approved policies are implemented in the health and care area. The goal is that the policy shall be achieved in accordance with the guidelines that the ministry issues in its annual letter of allocation and in other steering documents.

The Directorate of Health shall actively contribute to international work. The efforts to achieve the directorate's vision of good health and care for everyone require us to look beyond our national borders and consider health in a global perspective.

Web page: http://www.helsedirektoratet.no/portal/page?_pageid=134,112387&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&language=english

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