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Regulators’ update

Health and care regulators

Department of Health and Social Care

Consultation on reforming regulation: last chance to respond

There is only a week left now to respond to the government's consultation on reforming professional regulation. The consultation closes on 23 January 2018. You can find out more about Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation from Gov.uk. If you would like to respond but need more background and context about why regulation needs to be reformed, you can read our special report Right-touch reform. We timed publication of this report especially to assist people to understand professional regulation.

Regulators' update

General Chiropractic Council

The GCC is seeking comments on suggested changes to its Indicative Sanctions Guidance (ISG) before a new version is finalised early in 2018. The GCC is seeking responses to a number of specific questions on the revised guidance. You can find out more about the consultation, including the questions, from the GCC’s website. The deadline for responses is 9 March 2018

General Dental Council

Following on from its strategy document - Shifting the balance - launched last year, the GDC is asking for suggestions on how it can improve its fitness to processes. If you any suggestions, the GDC would like to hear from you. You need to include the words 'end-to-end review' in the subject heading and send an emaill to communications@gdc-uk.org. The deadline for receiving suggestions is 31 January 2018.

General Optical Council 

Consultation on its education strategic review

The GOC has launched a consultation on the concepts and principles that could underpin optical education and training in the future. There are 11 concepts and principles put forward in the consultation. The deadline for responses is 16 March 2018. Find about more about the concepts and principles and how to respond to the consultation from the GOC’s website.

Fitness to Practise

The GOC has also launched a consultation on introducing formal fitness to practise acceptance criteria. The draft criteria would define the circumstances where the GOC will accept a complaint as an allegation of a registrant’s impaired fitness to practise. Those that do not meet the criteria would be closed without referral to GOC Case Examiners. The deadline for responses is 9 March 2018 and you can find out more from the GOC’s website.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The NMC is seeking views on the proposed registration fees for nursing associates. The deadline for responses is 26 February 2018. You can find out more about the consultation from the NMC’s website.