Professional Regulatory press releases - May 2015

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GPhC recruits standard setters for the registration assessment

(General Pharmaceutical Council 05.05.14)

The GPhC has started the recruitment process for standard setters as part of its preparation for introducing a new, more patient focussed registration assessment in 2016. The role of these standard setters is to evaluate questions before they are used in an assessment to check that they are of the right standard and are relevant to practice.

General Dental Council challenges FGDP(UK) stance 

The General Dental Council (GDC) strongly challenges the suggestion made in a statement issued by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) on 28 April 2015 that it had learned no lessons from last year’s consultation on the Annual Retention Fee. The GDC has listened to feedback and criticism of its processes and has introduced an extensive raft of measures aimed at improving transparency and to demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to fair and proportionate dealings with the dental profession.

Questions and Answers – updated 

(Bar Council 08.05.15)

This page sets out some of the questions put to the Bar Council's Professional Practice Committee concerning the BSB Handbook and related professional matters, and our responses to those questions.

Regulator seeks new powers 

(Bar Standards Board 11.05.15)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said that it needs new statutory powers to step into barristers' failing chambers, companies and partnerships properly to protect the interests of clients where something has gone seriously wrong.

HCPC launches consultation on the revised Standards of conduct, performance and ethics

(Health and Care Professions Council 13.05.15)

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation on draft revised Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

Accused lawyer hires big guns in MoD case 


A lawyer who has infuriated the Ministry of Defence for sending claims to the International Criminal Court concerning allegations against the armed forces in Iraq has appointed City firm Baker & Mackenzie to act for him in a misconduct case brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The MoD sent a dossier of allegations against Phil Shiner and his firm, Public Interest Lawyers, to the SRA calling for Mr Shiner to be struck off. The SRA have appointed Simmons & Simmons to act for them.

Patients powerless to identify untrained cosmetic surgeons

(The Times 26.5.15)

The Royal College of Surgeons has warned that a loophole in the law that stops patients checking whether a cosmetic surgeon is qualified is putting patients at risk. The General Medical Council has a register which allows patients to verify whether a surgeon has training in ten areas of surgery but cosmetic surgery is not one of these. Currently the GMS is restricted to the ten areas but the Royal College of Surgeons is urging the government to change the law so that cosmetic surgery can be added to the list.

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