The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision (Statens helsetilsyn) is a governmental authority with responsibility for general supervision of child welfare, health and social services in the country. In Norway there is comprehensive legislation regarding these services that lays down requirements about which services shall be offered to the population and about the quality of the services, regulates the work of authorized health personnel and gives users of the services specific rights (e.g. the Patients’ Rights Act) (Braut 2010).
The Board of Health Supervision independently chooses which areas and aspects of the services to supervise, and how to perform the supervision. This is done in different ways, including supervision of health services through organisational audits and surveys – partly as countrywide supervision decided by the Board, and partly as local supervision decided by the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision in the Counties on the basis of local conditions.