Health Inspectorate of Latvia is a state administrative institution supervised by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia.
Main Purpose of Health Inspectorate
To reduce the risk for society and consumer health by realizing state surveillance. Health Inspectorate is to perform state administration functions in the field of supervision and control of the sector, in order to fulfil and implement requirements set by the laws and regulations valid in the said sphere.
Health Inspectorate is competent European authority:
  • Cosmetic products safety.
  • For cooperation with European Commission and European Food Safety Authority with respect to nutrition and health claims made on foods.
Health Inspectorate is involved in the international work groups at the European Community :
  • European Chemicals Agency Committee for Risk Assessment.
  • European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) Working group on environment and health.
  • European Chemicals Agency Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement.
  • European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry, Permanent Committee and Working group on Cosmetic products etc.  
Operation of the Inspectorate is regulated by Regulations No 76 of the Cabinet of Ministers “Regulations of the Health Inspectorate”, dated 05.02.2008.
The Health Inspectorate has been set nine scopes of activity:
  • Control of medical treatment institutions.
  • Supervision and control of availability of health care services and application of the public funding.
  • Control of quality of health care and capacity checks.
  • Maintenance of the Register of Medical Institutions and the Register of Medical Persons and Medical Support Persons.
  • Control of pharmaceutical companies and circulation of drugs.
  • Control of heightened risk objects.
  • Supervision of factors potentially affecting the health of the population.
  • Control of trade of chemical substances, chemical compounds and safety of cosmetics.
  • Control of distribution and application (operation) of medical devices.