170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a company (details supplied) was allowed to test National Cancer Screening Service smears for over 18 months in the absence of accreditation contrary to recent assurances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20521/18 asked on 10 May 2018)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.

This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018.

The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of various parties including the HSE and the Department of Health. Dr Scally will report to me by the end of next month setting out his findings.