The Legal Regime of Private Health Units, regulated by Decree -Law no. 279/2009 of 6 October, that establishes the legal framework regarding the opening, modification and operation of private health care units with or without profit, determines that the listing of the types of private health services units to be approved by the member of the Government responsible for the health sector.

Indeed, since the entry into force of the Legal Regime of Private Health Units there have been published several ordinances establishing minimum requirements for operation and organization of each type of health care units, such as clinics or dental offices (Ordinance no. 268/2010 of 12 May), units of medical and nursing services in obstetrics and neonatology (Ordinance no. 615/ 2010 of 3 August), units exercising  nursing practice (Decree no. 801/ 2010) units of physical medicine and rehabilitation activities pursuing diagnostic, therapeutic, family and socio-professional reintegration (Ordinance no. 1212/ 2010), clinics and doctors' offices (Ordinance no. 287/ 2012), private units with ambulatory surgery (Ordinance no. 291/ 2012), private units which have as their object the provision of health services and which have inpatient ( Ordinance no. 290/ 2012) and private dialysis units to continue therapeutic activities  within  the hemodialysis and other debugging techniques like extracorporeal or chronic peritoneal dialysis ( Ordinance no . º 347/2013 ).

Last February 12 three orders were published, under which the requirements have been approved for the organization and operation of three new types of health care unit es, namely:

  • Private health units of nuclear medicine (Ordinance no. 33/2014, of 12 February);
  • Units of private health services radiotherapy/radioncology (Ordinance no. 34/2014, of 12 February) and
  • Units of private health services of radiology (Ordinance no. 35/2014, of 12 February).

The units of this type of private health care services that are in operation at the date of publication of the said Ordinances have a period of 2 years to adapt to the new requirements described therein.

Finally, we note that it was also published Order 8/2014 of 14 January, which amends the requirements for operation and organization of private units which have as their object the provision of medical services and nursing obstetrics and neonatology, which are provided for in Order 615/2010 of 3 August. The units already licensed under the said Ordinance have a period of 1 year to adapt to the new requirements of the new ordinance.