Mental Health Commission

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For Health Professionals

The Mental Health Act 2001 places a number of obligations on those working in mental health services in Ireland. These relate to areas such as following involuntary admission procedures, meeting minimum standards for inpatient services, and complying with rules for the administration of electro convulsive therapy and governing the use of seclusion and restraint.

We have produced a number of codes of practice, rules, guidance documents and forms to assist those working in services to fulfil their legal and professional obligations under the 2001 Act.

This section provides further information on the following areas:

  • Codes of Practice
  • Rules
  • Quality Framework: National Standards for Mental Health Services
  • Guidance Documents and Toolkits
  • Consultations
  • E- learning Resource
  • Forms
  • Data Activity
  • Mental Health Tribunals
  • Mental Health Act, 2001 and Regulations

We also carry out consultations from time to time to inform us when developing rules, codes and standards documents. Further information on current and past consultations can be found in the consultation section.  

The above information is available via the relevant section on the left hand menu.

For more information on the process of registering as an approved centre, visit our Registration Section.







The Mental Health Commission publication section.


Mental Health Act 2001

The Mental Health Act, 2001 brings Irish mental health law into line with the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.


E-Learning @ the MHC

The MHC's e-learning programme which is designed to support you in updating your knowledge of the Mental Health Act, 2001.

Contact Details

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Ph: 353(1) 636 2400

Fax: 353(1) 636 2440

Eircode: D04 E5W7

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