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The Pharmacy Order 2010 enables registrants to appeal certain decisions relating to fitness to practise.

For example, a registrant could appeal decisions that:

  • remove the entry of a person from one or more parts of the Register
  • suspend registration or impose conditions on registration
  • vary conditions imposed on registration
  • prevent a person from making further applications for restoration to the register.

An appeal against any of the above fitness to practise decisions has to be filed with the High Court (or lodged with the Court of Session if the person lives in Scotland and served on the GPhC within 28 days from the date that the written notice was sent (or within such longer period as the relevant court may allow).

Having considered the appeal, the relevant court may:

  • dismiss the appeal
  • allow the appeal
  • substitute the sanction for another sanction that the Fitness to Practise Committee could have imposed
  • remit the case to the Registrar or the Fitness to Practise Committee for disposal in accordance with the court's directions.

Please also note that the court may also make any order for costs or expenses.