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Candour guidance

Following consultation on our new standards last year, we have developed additional guidance relating to the professional duty of candour, and gaining valid consent. 

All healthcare professionals have a professional duty of candour. This is a professional responsibility to be open, honest and transparent with patients when things go wrong. It is also important for registrants to obtain valid consent before examining a patient or providing treatment.

New standards on candour came into force in April 2016. The GOC has now published guidance relating to meeting the duty of candour. Guidance on consent is due to be published in April this year.

Read supplementary guidance on the professional duty of candour

Online: Candour

Download (PDF):

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Other formats: If you would like our publication in Welsh, or in another format or language, please call us on 0207 307 3478 or email us at

For further information, please read our joint statement on duty of candour which was produced with other regulators.

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