Valvira manages social welfare and health care supervision and licensing administration as well as the related field and authority steering. Valvira also has steering and control tasks related to alcohol administration, environmental health, and tobacco.
We grant the following licenses:
legalisation of social welfare and health care professionals, job title protection and fixed-term licenses
license to act as a domestic and pool water hygiene tester
licenses for the production, import, wholesale and use of alcohol
national licenses for private health care operators
national licenses for private social welfare operators
Health and research
abortion and sterilization licenses (in some cases)
licenses under the Act on Assisted Fertility Treatments
We supervise the regularity of activities in the following content areas:
activities of social welfare professionals
activities of social welfare units
activities of health care professionals
activities of health care units
Supervision under the Health Protection Act
supervision of the activities of domestic water hygiene and pool water hygiene competence testers
Supervision under the Alcohol Act
supervision of the activities of producers, wholesalers and licensees of alcoholic beverages
alcohol product control
supervision of advertising and sales promotion
Supervision under the Tobacco Act
supervision of the advertising ban and marketing
supervision of contaminants and package labelling.
We steer operators, municipalities and Regional State Administrative Agencies in our sector
Valvira steers operators, municipalities and Regional State Administrative Agencies in tasks related to social welfare and health care. The aim is that the steering, licensing and supervision practices are as uniform as possible throughout Finland.
Valvira and the Regional State Administrative Agencies carry out supervision in accordance with their joint supervision programmes on social welfare, health care and alcohol administration. The Finnish Food Authority, the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) and Valvira jointly draw up a national health protection supervision programme.
National Committee on Medical Research Ethics
The National Committee on Medical Research Ethics TUKIJA operates in connection with Valvira.