The Recruitment Licence - Code of Practice

With effect from the 1st April 2005, recruitment for appointments to positions in the HSE is subject to the provisions of the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act, 2004 (the Act) and is regulated by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA.) Appointments to positions in the Health Service Executive, apart from those positions which are subject to the Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act 1926, are subject to the Codes of Practice published by the CPSA. The Codes of Practice set out how the core of principles of probity, merit, equity and fairness might be applied on a principle basis.

The Codes of Practice

  • Specify the responsibilities placed on candidates who participate in recruitment campaigns;
  • Facilitate feedback to applicants on matters relating to their application when requested;

Outline procedures in relation to (a) requests for a review of the recruitment and selection process and (b) review in relation to allegations of a breach of the Code of Practice.

Please click on the links below to read or download the Codes of Practice.

(i)Code of Practice for Appointment to Positions in the Civil Service and Public Service

This Code of Practice sets out the principles to be observed in respect of both external and internal appointments to positions in the Civil Service, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, the Health Information and Quality Authority, any other public body to which the application of the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act, 2004 has been extended by order of the Minister for Finance, and to those positions in the local authorities and vocational education committees to which the Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act, 1926 applies.

(ii) Code of Practice for Emergency Short-Term Appointments to Positions in the Health Service Executive

This Code of Practice sets out the principles to be observed in respect of recruitment and selection procedures and practices carried out by the Health Service Executive in situations where it is necessary to make emergency short-term appointments to specific positions in the Health Service Executive to meet critical needs.

(iii) Code of Practice for Atypical Appointments to Positions in the Civil Service and Certain Public Bodies

This Code of Practice sets out the principles to be observed by Civil Service Departments and Offices in making appointments to specific positions in the Civil Service where (i) the appointment necessitates the re-grading of a person from the grade in which he or she is currently serving to another grade at an equivalent level, or (ii) it is deemed appropriate that the selection process be confined to unestablished civil servants. It also applies to appointment processes in the Civil Service and certain public bodies where standard recruitment and selection approaches may not be appropriate to meet critical short-term needs and it is necessary to assign a specific serving civil servant or public servant to higher duties on a temporary basis for a defined short-term period to address such needs.

Management of Reviews and Appeals under the Code of Practice

Information on the Management of Appeals and Reviews under the Code of Practice can be found by clicking here.