Regulatory Blog

10 September 2019

UKCP issues new Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

The new Code of Ethics is a product of four years’ work by the UKCP and replaces the previous version, Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct, which was implemented some 10 years ago. The new Code comes into force on 1 October 2019. This means that any complained-of-behaviour that occurs on or after 1 October 2019 will be judged against the new code but conduct that occurs before that date will be judged against the old code.

Sian Jones

14 August 2019

Is this the guidance on cannabis-based medicines we have all been waiting for?

As a doctor, or patient, you may be confused about the current status of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs). On the 8th of August 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft guidance in respect of CBMPs, and how it is envisaged they should be used.

Shannett Thompson

9 August 2019

New non-financial conduct reporting requirements for the big six auditing firms

The FRC has written to six of the largest audit firms asking for internal governance documents revealing how they deal with non-financial (mis)conduct. The review arises as part of the FRC’s Audit Firm Monitoring and Supervision (AFMAS) responsibilities. The framework focuses on five key pillars: leadership and governance, values and behaviours, business models and financial soundness, risk management and control and audit quality

Julie Norris

9 August 2019

A word of warning to Panel members on their questioning of Registrants

In the case of Beard v General Osteopathic Council [2019] EWHC 1561 (Admin) the High Court has set aside a 12 month conditions of practice order based on the issue of fairness of hearings and questioning by the Panel. In a strongly worded conclusion, it also indicated that the General Osteopathic Council (the Council) should 'hesitate long and consider very carefully whether it is appropriate' to refer the same allegations against Ms Beard (Ms B) to a differently constituted professional conduct committee.

Sophie Bolzonello

7 August 2019

Regulatory proceedings: no longer least said, soonest mended

The Divisional Court (the Court), consisting of Lord Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Butcher, considered the poignant topic of whether a fitness to practise panel can draw adverse inferences from a doctor’s failure to give evidence at a hearing in R (on the application of Kuzmin) v General Medical Council [2019] EWHC 2129 (Admin)

Shannett Thompson

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