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Sanctions

If a hearings committee decide that a registrant’s fitness to practise is impaired, they can impose sanctions on that registrant.  The guidance used by the committee when considering what sanction to impose is available to download here.

Sanctions come into effect 28 days after the substantive hearing at which they were imposed unless an immediate order is imposed.

Erasure from the registers

The registrant’s name is erased from the relevant register(s). The registrant cannot practise as an optometrist / dispensing optician , or in the case of student registrant, cannot continue with their training.

If the individual’s name is removed from a specialty register, they cannot perform any duties associated with that specialty.

This sanction cannot be imposed if a registrant’s fitness to practise is found to be impaired because of adverse physical and/or mental health.

Suspension from the register 

The registrant’s name is temporarily removed from the relevant register(s). The registrant cannot practise as an optometrist/dispensing optician, or in the case of student registrant, cannot continue with their training for the duration of the suspension.

If the individual is suspended from a specialty register, they may not perform any duties associated with that specialty for the duration of the suspension. The maximum suspension period is 12 months.

Once the suspension period has ended, a review hearing will be held to determine whether the registrant should remain suspended, or if other sanctions should be imposed. 

Conditional registration

The registrant can stay on the relevant register providing they comply with certain conditions, such as undertaking extra training.

Once the period of conditional registration has ended, a review hearing will be held to determine whether the registrant should remain subject to conditions, or if other sanctions should be imposed.

Financial penalty

A financial penalty of no more than £50,000 can be imposed on a registrant. The penalty must be paid within a specified length of time which is set by the committee.

If the penalty is not paid, the Council may take court action to recover the full amount. The registrant's failure to pay their fine is reported to our Investigation Committee for further action.

Warning

If the hearings panel decide that a registrant’s fitness to practise is not impaired, they may issue the registrant with a warning about their future conduct or performance.

 

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