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The European Specialist Medical Qualifications Amendment Regulations 1997

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Amendment of the European Specialist Medical Qualifications Order 1995

2.—(1) The European Specialist Medical Qualifications Order 1995(1) shall be amended in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(2) In article 2(1)(b) (interpretation), at the end, insert “, and by Council Directive 97/50/EC of 6 October 1997(2)”.

(3) In article 6 (certificates of completion of specialist training)—

(a)in paragraph (1), after “subject to paragraphs (2),”, insert “(2A),”; and

(b)after paragraph (2), insert—

(2A) A CCST may be awarded only to a person who has been appointed to a course of training intended to lead to the award of a CCST and has successfully completed that course of training..

(4) In article 12 (existing specialists)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)for “1st January 1998”, substitute “1st December 1998”, and

(ii)after “satisfies him”, insert “, then or, in the case of a person who falls within paragraph (2C), before 1st December 2001”;

(b)in paragraph (2)(c)(ii), for the words after “in such a specialty”, substitute “which, together with any experience which he has in the specialty in question and any further training which he has undertaken at the recommendation of the STA under paragraph (2B), give him a level of expertise equivalent to the level of expertise he might reasonably be expected to have attained if he had a CCST in that specialty.”; and

(c)after paragraph (2), insert—

(2A) The STA shall, before 1st November 1998, determine, in respect of each person who applies to it before 1st April 1998 for the purposes of sub-paragraph (c) of paragraph (2), whether or not it is satisfied as mentioned in that sub-paragraph.

(2B) Until 1st November 1998, the STA may, for the purposes of paragraph (2)(c)(ii), recommend that a person undertake such further training in the medical specialty in question, not exceeding twelve months in duration, as the STA consider is required to give that person a level of expertise equivalent to the level of expertise he might reasonably be expected to have attained if he had a CCST in that specialty.

(2C) A person falls within this paragraph if the STA has made a recommendation under paragraph (2B) that he undertake further training for the purposes of paragraph (2)(c)(ii)..

(5) In Schedule 1 (which lists the bodies which appoint members of the Specialist Training Authority of the medical Royal Colleges), in paragraph 2 of Part I, after the entry for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, insert—

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

(6) In Schedule 2 (which lists medical specialties in which qualifications are awarded in the United Kingdom)—

(a)in Part I, for the entries specified in column 1 below, substitute the corresponding entry in column 2 below—

Column 1Column 2
Existing entryNew entry
General medicine*General medicine* (also known as general (internal) medicine)
Diagnostic radiology (also known as radiology)Diagnostic radiology (also known as clinical radiology and formerly known as radiology)
GeriatricsGeriatrics (also known as geriatric medicine)
Psychiatry* (also known as mental illness)Psychiatry* (also known as general psychiatry or general adult psychiatry and formerly known as mental illness)
Renal disease (also known as nephrology)Renal disease (also known as renal medicine and formerly known as nephrology)
Otolaryngology*Otolaryngology* (also known as ENT surgery); and

(b)In Part II, for “Mental handicap”, substitute “Psychiatry of learning disability”.


OJ. No. L 921, 24.10.97, p. 35.

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