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5 General functions of the Education Committee in relation to medical education in the United Kingdom.U.K.

(1)The Education Committee shall have the general function of promoting high standards of medical education and co-ordinating all stages of medical education.

(2)For the purpose of discharging that function the Education Committee shall—

(a)determine the extent of the knowledge and skill which is to be required for the granting of primary United Kingdom qualifications and secure that the instruction given in universities in the United Kingdom to persons studying for such qualifications is sufficient to equip them with knowledge and skill of that extent;

(b)determine the standard of proficiency which is to be required from candidates at qualifying examinations and secure the maintenance of that standard; and

(c)[F1determine patterns of experience which may be recognised as suitable for giving to those engaging in such employment as is mentioned in section 10(2) below general clinical training for the purposes of the practice of their profession.]

[F1discharge their functions under section 10A below in respect of programmes for provisionally registered doctors.]

[F2(2A)In making the determinations required by [F3subsection (2) above,] [F3subsection (2)(a) or (b) above or discharging their functions mentioned in subsection (2)(c) above,] the Education Committee shall secure that the requirements of article 23 of Directive 93/16/EEC are satisfied.

(2B)The requirements of that article are that any person who fulfils the conditions mentioned in section 3(1)(a) above—

(a)will have acquired—

(i)adequate knowledge of the sciences on which medicine is based and a good understanding of the scientific methods including the principles of measuring biological functions, the evaluation of scientifically established facts and the analysis of data,

(ii)sufficient understanding of the structure, functions and behaviour of healthy and sick persons, as well as relations between the state of health and physical and social surroundings of the human being,

(iii)adequate knowledge of clinical disciplines and practices, providing him with a coherent picture of mental and physical diseases, of medicine from the points of view of prophylaxis, diagnosis and therapy and of human reproduction, and

(iv)suitable clinical experience in hospitals under appropriate supervision; and

(b)will have undergone medical training comprising at least a six-year course, or 5,500 hours of theoretical and practical instruction, which—

(i)was given in a university or under the supervision of a university, and

(ii)was open only to persons holding qualifications adequate for admission to university for such training.]

(3)[F4The determinations of the Education Committee under subsection (2) above shall be embodied in recommendations which may be directed to all or any of the universities or other bodies concerned with medical education.]

[F4Determinations of the Education Committee under subsection (2)(a) or (b) above shall be published in such manner as they see fit.

(3A)Such determinations—

(a)are binding on universities or other bodies concerned with medical education as regards the matters to which they relate; and

(b)accordingly, those universities or other bodies must act in accordance with them as regards the matters to which they relate.]

(4)In this Act—

  • “Directive 93/16/EEC” means Council Directive 93/16/EEC of 5 April 1993 to facilitate the free movement of doctors and the mutual recognition of their diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications—

    (a)

    as adapted by paragraph 4(a) of Annex VII to the EEA Agreement, in which the primary medical qualifications awarded in EEA States are set out; and

    (b)

    [F5as amended by—

    (i)

    the Act annexed to the Treaty relating to the accession of the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the European Union signed at Corfu on 24th June 1994, as adjusted by the Decision of the Council of the European Union of 1st January 1995 adjusting the instruments concerning the accession of new Member States to the European Union,

    (ii)

    F6Council Directive 97/50/EC, Commission Directive 98/21/EC, Commission Directive 98/63,/EC, Commission Directive 1999/46/EC and Directive 2001/19/EC, ...

    (iii)

    the Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Swiss Confederation, of the other, on the free movement of persons, signed at Luxembourg on 21st June 1999;]

    (iv)

    [F7the Act annexed to the Treaty relating to the conditions of accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovak Republic and the Adjustments to the Treaties on which the European Union is founded signed at Athens on 16th April 2003;]

  • the prescribed knowledge and skill” means knowledge and skill of the extent for the time being determined under subsection (2)(a) above and [F8embodied in recommendations] [F8set out in determinations published] under subsection (3) above;

  • the prescribed standard of proficiency” means the standard of proficiency for the time being determined under subsection (2)(b) above and [F9embodied in recommendations] [F9set out in determinations published] under subsection (3) above;

  • [F10a prescribed pattern of experience” means any pattern of experience for the time being determined under subsection (2)(c) above and embodied in recommendations under subsection (3) above.]

Textual Amendments

F1S. 5(2)(c) substituted (19.7.2006 for specified purposes in accordance with art. 1(2)(b) of the amending S.I.) by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1914), arts. 1(2)(b)(c)(3), 21(a)

F2S. 5(2A)(2B) inserted (10.7.1996) by S.I. 1996/1591, reg. 3(2)

F3Words in s. 5(2A) substituted (19.7.2006 for specified purposes in accordance with art. 1(2)(b) of the amending S.I.) by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1914), arts. 1(2)(b)(c)(3), 21(b)

F4S. 5(3)(3A) substituted for s. 5(3) (19.7.2006 for specified purposes in accordance with art. 1(2)(b) of the amending S.I.) by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1914), arts. 1(2)(b)(c)(3), 21(c)

F8Words in s. 5(4) substituted (19.7.2006 for specified purposes in accordance with art. 1(2)(b) of the amending S.I.) by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1914), arts. 1(2)(b)(c)(3), 21(d)(i)

F9Words in s. 5(4) substituted (19.7.2006 for specified purposes in accordance with art. 1(2)(b) of the amending S.I.) by virtue of The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1914), arts. 1(2)(b)(c)(3), 21(d)(ii)

F10Words in s. 5(4) omitted (19.7.2006 for specified purposes in accordance with art. 1(2)(b) of the amending S.I.) by virtue of The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) and Miscellaneous Amendments Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1914), arts. 1(2)(b)(c)(3), 21(d)(iii)

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