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New threshold criteria for investigations comes into effect

15 February 2018

We have now published new threshold criteria which apply to all decisions from 1 February 2018 and are used to decide whether a fitness to practise case should be referred to the investigating committee. The criteria are set out in new Good decision-making: Investigations and threshold criteria guidance. This completes the suite of good decision making guidance for each stage of the fitness to practise process.

The criteria will help make sure that a proportionate, fair and consistent approach is taken when making decisions once our investigation concludes.

Between December 2016 and March 2017 we consulted on the new threshold criteria to ensure they are an effective decision making tool and to take account of changes in pharmacy regulation, including the new standards for pharmacy professionals which were introduced last year.

We received 68 responses from a range of stakeholders, including pharmacy professionals, pharmacy owners, professional bodies, legal firms and other regulators. We also held a number of meetings across Great Britain to raise awareness and obtain feedback. Our Council carefully considered the feedback received through the consultation before agreeing the final threshold criteria.

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