Acting on behalf of a minor

Acting on behalf of a minor

At the moment, a parent or guardian can use the services of My Kanta Pages on behalf of a child under 10 years of age. Acting on behalf of all minors will be deployed in stages as from the latter part of 2020.

When acting on behalf of a child, the parent or guardian

  1. logs in to My Kanta Pages with their own username and password
  2. selects the link Child’s Data on the top of the page
  3. selects the child whose data they would like to view.

The right of a parent or guardian to view the child’s data is verified from the Population Information System.

In My Kanta Pages, a parent or guardian can do the following on behalf of their child under 10 years of age:

  • view prescriptions and health data
  • request a repeat prescription
  • acknowledge receipt of information concerning the Kanta Services
  • give consents concerning the Kanta Services.

In terms of a child aged 10 and over, the parent or guardian can only view data that has been entered before the child turned 10. The function on acting on behalf of a minor was deployed on 1 August 2016, so My Kanta Pages cannot show data that was created before that date.

It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of information or give or cancel consents on behalf of a newborn until the child’s name has been registered in the Population Information System.

Why is a child’s data not shown in My Kanta Pages?

If a child’s data is not shown in My Kanta Pages, the reason could be that

  • currently, the data of a child aged between 10 and 17 is not shown to parents or guardians in My Kanta Pages at all.
  • Access to the data is blocked to a parent or guardian because a child under the age of 10 has been regarded by the healthcare services to be mature enough to decide for their own care in terms of the care episode in question.
  • Viewing of data has been delayed in the healthcare service.

In addition, it is not possible to act on behalf of a child in My Kanta Pages if the Kanta Services is unable to automatically verify the right to act on their behalf. These situations may arise if

  • a guardian has been appointed for the parent or guardian him/herself.
  • the child or one of the other parents or guardians has a non-disclosure for personal safety reasons.
  • there is an agreement or order concerning the child's shared care or control with regard to other than the child’s residential arrangements.

For example, the contents of a shared care or control agreement are not yet entered in the Population Information System in such a format that the Kanta Services would be able to verify the information about division of tasks between parents or guardians. For that reason, parents or guardians with a note recorded in the Population Information System that the care of their child is shared are currently not able to act on the child’s behalf.

Why cannot the data of all minors be viewed in My Kanta Pages?

If a healthcare professional has assessed the minor to be mature enough to understand the significance of care decisions, the minor can then decide for their care and for allowing their parent or guardian to view their data. The assessment is made separately in each care episode.

Once the healthcare systems are technically capable of sharing with the Kanta Services this kind of an assessment made in the healthcare service concerning the decision-making capacity of a minor, the parents or guardians will also be able to act on behalf of children aged 10 and over in My Kanta Pages. In such a case, parents or guardians will be able to view in My Kanta Pages any data concerning a minor, the sharing of which the minor has not forbidden.

The right of parents and guardians to act on behalf of all minors will be made possible in stages as from the latter part of 2020. The modification work on healthcare systems will progress in local units at a different pace, depending on the individual decisions of these organisations. The necessary changes have already been made in the Kanta Services.

Acting on behalf of a minor in pharmacies and in the healthcare service

At the moment, a parent or guardian can act on behalf of a minor with respect to all of their matters in pharmacies and healthcare services. They can also request to view and get a copy of the patient records of a minor unless this has been forbidden by the minor who is capable of making a decision.

A parent or guardian has the right to act on behalf of a minor on the basis of the custody relationship. If a parent or guardian is acting on behalf of a child at a pharmacy without the child’s Kela card or patient instruction sheet, the custody relationship will be verified from the Suomi.fi authorisation service with the consent of the parent or guardian. The identity of the parent or guardian must be verified and the parent or guardian must provide the child’s personal identity code.

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Last updated 20.05.2020