The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) is a government agency that governs, guides, maintains statistics on and evaluates the social services, health and medical care and dental care. Socialstyrelsen issues regulations (which apply as laws), provides recommendations and compiles facts and knowledge for staff and managers in nursing and care. Some of the information is also directed towards patients and users. Socialstyrelsen also issues certificates and licences for health and medical care staff. Read more on Socialstyrelsen's website.