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About The Norwegian Healthcare Investigation Board

The Norwegian Healthcare Investigation Board, (NHIB) is an independent government agency. Our mandate is to investigate serious incidents and other serious concerns involving the Norwegian health and social care services.

NHIB will investigate the sequence of events, factors that contributed to the outcome and causal relationships. Our purpose is to improve patient and user safety by learning and taking action to prevent future serious incidents. We do not assess civil or criminal liability or guilt.

We decide which serious incidents or circumstances to investigate, as the timing and scope of the investigations, and how this will be executed.

The investigation is performed in dialogue with the parties involved, which include. employees in health care services, patients/users of health care services and their families. 

Our reports are public, however we make no references to the names and addresses of individuals involved. The location for the adverse event may in some cases be disclosed. 

NHIB's activities are regulated by Act of 16 June 2017 no. 56 on the Norwegian Healthcare Investigation Board.

About us

  • NHIB = Ukom
  • Formed in 2019
  • Authorized by law
  • 24 advisors with a broad range of expertise
  • Improve patient safety through effective and independent investigations of patient safety concerns
  • Contribute to learning after adverse events

Our role

  • Independent national body
  • Superior
  • Close to the patient and users 
  • Close to the service                            
  • Non-sanctioning
  • Source protective
  • Learning and improving

How do we select events for investigation?

  • Serious
  • Representative
  • Relevant
  • National significance
  • Need for more knowledge
  • Learning potential
  • What themes do the individual events represent? 

How can NHIB contribute to learning?

  • Be close to the knowledge environments
  • Be close to the clinicians
  • Join existing networks and interest groups
  • Use existing channels
  • Sharpened message towards different target groups
  • Clinical personnel as part-time employees 

Download our reports