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The assessment procedure for deciding whether a complaint about a pharmacist needs to be referred for a fitness to practise hearing has been published.

 

Under the guidance, which comes into effect from January, the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Investigation Committee will:

  • consider the evidence and decide if there is enough information on which to reach a decision;
  • decide whether there is a real prospect of the facts of an allegation being proven;
  • decide whether the facts, if proven, would mean that there is a real prospect that a Fitness to Practise Committee (FtPC) will make a finding that the registrant’s fitness to practise is impaired;
  • decide on whether the matter ought to be considered by the FtPC or whether another outcome is more appropriate.

The ‘Good decision making: investigating committee meetings and outcomes guidance’ document “also explains who sits on an investigating committee and the outcomes which the committee can decide on. These outcomes can include issuing a warning, agreeing undertakings with the registrant or referring a registrant to the fitness to practise committee,” said the GPhC.

Duncan Rudkin, GPhC chief executive, commented: “The investigating committee is a vital decision making body at an important point in the fitness to practise process. This guidance will assist in proportionate, consistent and transparent decision making by members of the investigating committee.

“We are grateful to all those who contributed during the consultation on the new guidance. Their feedback has allowed us to ensure that the final guidance will support good decision-making at our investigating committee stage and explain clearly how it will make its decisions.”

Among the feedback to the draft guidance had been requests that there should be more detail about what the committee needs to consider when deciding if there is a ‘real prospect’ of an allegation being proved before a fitness to practise committee.

Links:

GPhC statement

GPhC: ‘Good decision making: investigating committee meetings and outcomes guidance’ - January 2016

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