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The General Pharmaceutical Council (Statutory Committees and their Advisers Rules) Order of Council 2010

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Functions of clinical advisers

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22.—(1) A clinical adviser—

(a)must be present at any meeting of the Investigating Committee at which a decision is to be taken as to whether or not to refer a case to the Fitness to Practise Committee where the health of the person who is the subject of the case is to be, or is likely to be, considered;

(b)may be present at any other meeting of the Investigating Committee where health related issues are to be, or are likely to be, considered;

(c)must be present at any meeting of, or hearing before, the Fitness to Practise Committee where health related issues are to be, or are likely to be, considered;

(d)may be present at any meeting of, or hearing before, the Appeals Committee at which health related issues are to be, or are likely to be, considered; and

(e)may be present at any meeting of, or hearing before, a committee of the Council which is not a statutory committee at which health related issues are to be, or are likely to be, considered by that committee.

(2) The function of the clinical adviser who is present at a meeting or hearing referred to in paragraph (1) is to—

(a)advise the committee on any issues within the clinical adviser’s areas of medical expertise that may be referred to the clinical adviser by a member of that committee; and

(b)intervene to advise the committee on an issue where it appears to the clinical adviser that, without the clinical adviser’s intervention, there is a possibility of an error being made.

(3) A clinical adviser who is present at a meeting or hearing referred to in paragraph (1)(c) or (d) must not be present during the private deliberations of the committee.

(4) A clinical adviser must not participate in the decision making of any committee (and is not entitled to vote).

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