The Charities Regulator and the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to carry out their respective functions in a spirit of mutual cooperation.
The document provides a framework for a close working relationship and information-sharing between the two bodies.
The Charities Regulator is already required under section 28 of the 2009 Charities Act to provide HIQA with information on suspected offences by a charity trustee or a charitable organisation.
HIQA may then use such information for the detection, investigation or prosecution of any such offence.
Under the MoU the bodies may collaborate and cooperate where they have a joint interest in certain matters.
The parties have also agreed to consult each other in relation to any significant new strategic or policy proposals likely to affect the other party, and to provide such relevant information or advice as is necessary.
The bodies will also meet once each calendar year and more regularly where necessary, to review the effective working of the MoU.
The parties undertake to communicate as appropriate on all matters of mutual concern, to act in a good faith, and to exchange relevant information.
The parties have also agreed to enter a data-sharing agreement with appropriate documentation.