Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline December 2019 - January 2020

4 February 2020

A Regulatory press round-up for December 2019 - January 2020.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 

The HCPC is shining a light on advertising regarding Botox. 

The Committee for Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has launched a new campaign to address the advertising of Botox on social media. The HCPC has issued a press release reminding Registrants who administer, supply or prescribe Botox, that they should ensure they do not ‘directly or indirectly promote or advertise’ to the public.  

You can read more details about this here. 


General Medical Council

A peer-reviewed study has found that engagement with hearings by doctors is directly linked to the outcome. Charlie Massey, Chief Executive stated as follows:

"Given the strong link between more serious outcomes and doctors not attending or having no legal representation at tribunals, we are exploring how we can encourage doctors to engage with the hearing process more."

In a study of all 1,049 doctors referred for hearings at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) and receiving an outcome from June 2012 to May 2017, the outcomes were: no impairment to practise, impairment, suspension of right to practise or erasure from the medical register. 

You can read more about it here.


General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

The GPhC has published the findings from its second survey regarding the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and future work plans.

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive said:


“We will be using this information to help us regulate effectively at this time of change. We know that many other organisations will also find these results very useful to inform their work, and we hope that pharmacy professionals find this helpful in increasing their understanding of the professions and environments in which they work”. 

You can read the report here.





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