The Care Commission was Scotland's regulatory body for independent health care. As of April of 2011, its duties have been passed on to the Care Inspectorate.
The Care Inspectorate was formed in 2010 it combined the former functions of the Care Commission with those of the Social Work Inspection Agency and the child protection unit of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education. These functions are primarily governed by the Public Services Reform Act of 2010.
The Care Inspectorate investigates and analyzes the practices of independent health care providers in Scotland. It is an independent agency that primarily ensures that these health care providers are compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.
Some of the services that the Care Inspectorate provides include certifying care home managers to manage money for adults with disabilities, inspecting childcare workers and the children they provide care for using a set of criteria called SHANARRI, designing physical activity programs and self-assessments, inspecting care homes in tandem with Education Scotland and providing advice to health professionals. It also regulates nurse agencies, hospices, school health care, adult placement services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, senior care facilities, health care in the criminal justice system, adoption agencies, foster homes and home-based care providers.