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Overview of the national health registries

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The mandatory national health registries were established to maintain national functions. They are used for health analysis, health statistics, improving the quality of healthcare, research, administration and emergency preparedness.

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The mandatory national health registries were established to maintain national functions. They are used for health analysis, health statistics, improving the quality of healthcare, research, administration and emergency preparedness.


The registries are regulated according to the Act relating to Personal Health Data Registries. The registries with personally identifiable information that are not based on consent are established after evaluation by the Norwegian government. Some of the national health registries do not contain personally identifiable data. The registries are managed by different institutions.

Overview of the national health registries

Table 1. Overview of the mandatory national health registries

Register

Paragraph in
Personal Health Data Registries Act

Data Responsible
(Data Processor)

Cause of Death Registry

§ 11

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Cancer Registry of Norway

§ 11

Oslo University Hospital

Medical Birth Registry of Norway

§ 11

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Norwegian Surveillance System for Communicable Diseases (MSIS)

§ 11

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Norwegian Immunisation Registry (SYSVAK)

§ 11

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Registry of the Norwegian Armed Forces Medical Services

§ 11

Armed Forces Medical

Norwegian Patient Registry (NPR)

§ 11

Norwegian Directorate of Health

Norwegian Cardiovascular Disease Registry

§ 11

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

System for reporting of unwanted effects § 11

Norwegian Medicines Agency

Norwegian Register of Primary Health Care

§ 11

Norwegian Directorate of Health

Medical Archives Registry

§ 12

National Archives of Norway

Norwegian Information System for the Nursing and Care Sector (IPLOS)

§ 9b

Norwegian Directorate of Health

Norwegian Surveillance System for Antibiotic Use and Healthcare-Associated Infections (NOIS)

§ 9b

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Norwegian Surveillance System for Antimicrobial Drug Resistance (NORM)

§ 9b

Norwegian Institute of Public Health 

Registry of Pregnancy Termination

§ 9b

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Norwegian Prescription Database (NorPD)

§ 9b

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Norwegian Surveillance System for Resistance Against Anti-virals (RAVN)

§ 9b

Norwegian Institute of Public Health