Making decisions about more serious concerns

If we investigate a concern and consider that there is evidence to show that a pharmacy professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired, the case is likely to be heard by a committee.

These committees make decisions about a case which may result in sanctions being imposed on a pharmacy professional's registration.

Sanctions imposed by a committee, which can include a pharmacy professional being suspended or removed from the register, are not about punishment. Rather, they reflect the interests of the public – either to ensure public safety, to maintain public confidence in the professions, or to maintain proper standards of behaviour.

Investigating committee

The investigating committee meets in private. It can decide to close a case with no further action, or to close it after giving advice or a warning to the pharmacy professional. The committee can also agree undertakings with the pharmacy professional or refer the case to a fitness to practise committee for a full hearing.

Fitness to practise committee

Fitness to practise hearings are usually held in public. If the fitness to practise committee decides the pharmacy professional is not fit to practise it can give them a warning, set conditions that limit how they can practise, or it can suspend them or remove them from the register.

Appeals committee

The appeals committee was established under the Pharmacy Order 2010 and can consider appeals of certain types of registration decisions as listed in article 39 of the Order. It cannot consider appeals of decisions which are not listed.