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Valvira is a national agency operating under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, charged with the supervision of the social and health care, early childhood education and care, and alcohol sectors. We direct implementation and supervision of health protection nationwide. We provide licensing for social and health care providers and offer guidance to the Regional State Administrative Agencies to achieve harmonised licensing, guidance and supervisory practices throughout Finland.
Our licensing activities
Licensing of social welfare and health care professionals, protected occupational titles, fixed-term licenses
Domestic and pool water hygience testers
Production, import, wholesale and serving of alcohol
National licenses for private social and health care providers
Health and research
Termination and sterilisation (where relevant)
Licensing under the Act on Assisted Fertility Treatments
Our supervisory activities
Social care professionals
Social care units
Health care professionals
Health care units
Health Protection Act
Domestic and pool water hygiene tester license qualification providers
Producers, wholesalers and licenseholders
Advertising and marketing
Hazardou substances and labelling
The Finnish Adoption Board operates in conjunction with Valvira
We provide guidance to Regional State Administrative Agencies
Valvira is tasked with providing guidance to the Regional State Administrative Agencies on all social and health care related matters. Our aim is to ensure the harmonisation of guidance, licensing and supervisory practices across Finland. Valvira and the Regional State Administrative Agencies undertake supervisory activities on the basis of jointly prepared supervision plans.