As of 12 October 2020, the Register of Healthcare Institutions is kept at the Business Registers Agency of the Republic of Serbia (“SBRA”), in accordance with the new Health Care Act, which entered into force on 11 April 2019. This means that health care institutions have the obligation to register in the Register of Health Care Institutions, which is kept at the SBRA as of today. In addition to this register, SBRA will keep a single record of entities in health care, which will contain consolidated data on health care institutions and private practice on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.
The new Register of Health Care Institutions will be an electronic, central, public database of health institutions that will be available to everyone on the SBRA portal, which will greatly facilitate access to data of health care institutions regarding business information, internal organization and changes taking place within it.
The procedure of harmonization of health care institutions with the new law will last for three months, starting from 11 October 2020, until 11 January 2021, while entries in the new register in the specified period will be made without paying a fee to the SBRA. If the health institutions do not submit the necessary documentation during the stated period, they will be obliged to pay a fee in the amount of RSD 4.900.
Along with the registration application for harmonization, it is necessary to submit to the SBRA, in the original or a certified copy of the original, the following documentation:
- a valid act on incorporation issued by the founder, whereby the signature of the founder of the privately owned health care institution is verified in accordance with the law;
- a new statute issued by the founder of a privately owned health care institution;
- decision or excerpt from the act of the competent authority which determines the weekly work schedule, as well as the beginning and end of working hours in the health care institution.
Health care institutions, as well as private practices, should have already harmonized their general acts, organization and work with the provisions of the new law, bearing in mind that they were obliged to do so within 12 months from the entry into force of this law, i.e. until 11 April 2020.
Sanctions for health care institutions that have not fulfilled this obligation are not provided, however, those health care institutions will certainly have to harmonize their general acts, organization and work with the provisions of the new Health Care Act.
This text is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Should you require any additional information, feel free to contact us.
By Kristina Pavlovic, Associate, and Dragan Martin, Junior Associate, Samardzic, Oreski & Grbovic