The Lois Bridges Eating Disorder Treatment Centre has become the first residential centre in a non-hospitalised setting to receive approved status from the Mental Health Commission (MHC).
The centre will now be listed on the register for approved centres in Ireland under the umbrella of the MHC.
Only those over 18 years suffering from an eating disorder will be treated at the centre, with six inpatient beds available on its residential treatment programme, which provides specialised practitioners in eating disorders.
The Department of Health estimates that up to 200,000 people in Ireland may be affected by eating disorders. An estimated 400 new cases emerge each year, representing 80 deaths annually.
In the case of child and adolescent psychiatric admissions in Ireland in 2007, eating disorders represented the second highest level of diagnosis at 15 per cent.