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.
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 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.