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What is the purpose of the fitness to practise process?

Our fitness to practise process is designed to protect the public from those who are not fit to practise.


If a registrant's fitness to practise is ‘impaired’, it means that there are concerns about their ability to practise safely and effectively. This may mean that they should not practice at all. Or that they should be limited in what they are allowed to do. We will take appropriate action to make this happen.

Sometimes registrants make mistakes that are unlikely to be repeated. This means that the person’s overall fitness to practise is unlikely to be ‘impaired’. People sometimes make mistakes or have a one-off instance of unprofessional conduct or behaviour. Our processes do not mean that we will pursue every isolated or minor mistake. However, if a professional is found to fall below our standards, we will take action.