GOC consults on fitness to practise rules
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GOC consults on new Fitness to Practise Rules

FTP RulesWe are seeking feedback from the profession and the public on potential changes to our Fitness to Practise (FTP) rules. We have launched a consultation, closing on 29 April, to invite opinions on the proposed new regulations.

The potential changes are designed to speed up the FTP process, make it fairer and more transparent, and ensure the rules reflect recent legal developments and current best practice.

One of the biggest proposed changes is that two individual case examiners would decide whether to refer allegations for an FTP hearing. Currently, decisions are made by the nine-member Investigation Committee.

Other proposals include allowing the GOC to screen out anonymous complaints, fast-track allegations involving serious criminal convictions and notify a registrant’s current employer of the outcome of a hearing.

David Howell, GOC Director of Regulatory Services said: “Our current rules came into effect in June 2005 so it is now time to make sure they still reflect good practice and are fair and effective for both registrants and the public. We want everyone whom the changes may affect to have the chance to influence them, so we are encouraging all interested parties to reply to the consultation.”

The consultation document is available to download. For enquiries, contact Kisha Punchihewa, Head of Fitness to Practise, on 020 7307 3452 or kpunchihewa@optical.org 

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