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Apparent bias

Members of regulatory bodies may have different roles, including membership of the council or a committee which draws up a code of conduct and membership of a disciplinary committee. To what extent are they incompatible? In the recent case of Holmes v Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons [2011] UKPC 48 the Privy Council refused to accept that a past contribution, through membership of an appeal committee, to the exposition in the Code of standards of competence could fairly be regarded as predisposing a member of a disciplinary committee against a registrant, citing the case of Sadighi v General Dental Council [2009] EWHC 1278 (Admin).
To this extent the Board have removed the apprehensions expressed by the present authors at para 9.44 of their book, Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings, 6th edition.

 

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