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55 Interpretation.U.K.

[F1(1)]In this Act—

  • acceptable overseas qualification” has the meaning given by [F2section 22(4)] [F2section 21B(2)] above;

  • [F3“acceptable programme for provisionally registered doctors” has the meaning given by section 10A(1) above;]

  • additional qualification” has the meaning given by section 16(2) above;

  • appointed member” means a member of the General Council chosen by a university or other body designated as an appointing body by an Order in Council under section 1 above;

  • appointing body” means a university or other body having, by virtue of an Order in Council under section 1 above, power to choose an appointed member or members of the General Council;

  • [F4Directive 93/16/EEC” has the meaning given by section 5(4) above;]

  • disqualifying decision” has the meaning given by section 44(2) above;

  • [F4the EEA Agreement” and “EEA State” have the meanings given by section 3(3) above;]

  • elected member” means a member of the General Council elected under paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to this Act;

  • [F5exempt person” has the meaning given in section 19(2) above;]

  • F6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • fully registered person” means a person for the time being registered under [F7section 3, 19, [F821A, 25 or 27] [F821B, 27A or 27B]] above as a fully registered medical practitioner, or under section 18 above as a visiting [F9EEA practitioner], and—

    (a)

    so far as mentioned in subsection (3) of section 15 (including that subsection as applied by section [F1015A(4)) or 21] [F1015A(4), 21 or 21C] above, but not further, includes a person for the time being provisionally registered;

    (b)

    [F11in relation to such employment and such things as are mentioned in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of subsection (7) of section 22 above, but not in relation to other matters, includes a person for the time being registered under that section with limited registration;]

    and “fully registered” shall be construed accordingly;

  • the General Council” means the General Medical Council;

  • [F12“impaired”, in relation to a person’s fitness to practise, has the meaning given in section 35C(2) above;]

  • [F13limited registration” has the meaning given by section 22(2) above;]

  • national”, in relation to a [F9EEA State], has the same meaning as in the Community Treaties, but does not include a person who by virtue of Article 2 of Protocol No. 3 (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) to the Treaty of Accession is not to benefit from Community provisions relating to the free movement of persons and services;

  • the necessary knowledge of English”, in relation to an applicant for registration under this Act, means the knowledge which, in the interests of himself and his patients, is necessary for the practice of medicine in the United Kingdom;

  • nominated member” means a member of the General Council nominated by Her Majesty under paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to this Act;

  • [F14the permitted period”, in relation to limited registration, has the meaning given by section 22(3) above;]

  • the prescribed knowledge and skill” has the meaning given by section 5(4) above;

  • [F15a prescribed pattern of experience” has the meaning given by section 5(4) above;]

  • the prescribed standard of proficiency” has the meaning given by section 5(4) above;

  • primary European qualification” shall be construed in accordance with section 17 above;

  • primary United Kingdom qualification” has the meaning given by section 4(3) above;

  • [F16professional performance” includes a medical practitioner’s professional competence;]

  • provisionally registered” means provisionally registered under section 15 , [F1715A or 21] [F1715A, 21 or 21C] above;

  • qualification”, except where the context otherwise requires, means any diploma, degree, fellowship, membership, licence, authority to practise, letters testimonial, certificate or other status or document granted in respect of any branch or branches of medicine by any university, corporation, college or other body or by any department of, or persons acting under the authority of, the government of any country or place;

  • F18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • [F19the register” means the register of medical practitioners, except that, in relation to a person registered with limited registration, it means the register of medical practitioners with limited registration;]

    [F19“the register” means the register of medical practitioners;]

  • the Registrar” has the meaning given by section 2(1) above but subject to sub-paragraph (3) of paragraph 16 of Schedule 1 to this Act;

  • [F20revalidation” has the meaning given in section 29A above;]

  • F21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • [F22“the statutory committees” has the meaning given in section 1(3A) above;]

[F23(2)In relation to anything done before the adoption by the Council of Directive 93/16/EEC, references in this Act to that Directive, or to any provision of that Directive, shall be construed as references to, or to the corresponding provision of, the following Directives as for the time being amended, namely—

(a)Council Directive No.75/362/EEC concerning the mutual recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications in medicine; and

(b)Council Directive No.75/363/EEC concerning the coordination of provisions in respect of activities of doctors.]

Textual Amendments

F1S. 55 renumbered as s. 55(1) (10.7.1996) by S.I. 1996/1591, reg. 7, Sch. 2 para. 13(1)

F2Words in s. 55(1) 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), 41(a)

F3Words in s. 55(1) inserted (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), 33(a)

F4Definition in s. 55(1) inserted (10.7.1996) by S.I. 1996/1591, reg. 7, Sch. 2 para. 13(2)(a)(b)

F6Definition in s. 55(1) repealed (10.7.1996) by S.I. 1996/1591, reg. 7, Sch. 2 para. 13(2)(c)(f)

F7In s. 55(1) in definition of "fully registered person" words substituted (17.12.2002) by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/3135), arts. 1(2)(h), 15(6)(b) (with transitional provisions in Sch. 2)

F8Words in s. 55(1) 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), 41(b)(i)

F9Words in s. 55(1) substituted (10.7.1996) by S.I. 1996/1591, reg. 7, Sch. 2 para. 13(2)(d)(e)

F10Words in s. 55(1) 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), 41(b)(ii)

F11Words in s. 55(1) 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), 15(a)

F13Words in s. 55(1) 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), 15(b)

F14Words in s. 55(1) 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), 15(c)

F15Words in s. 55(1) 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), 33(b)

F17Words in s. 55(1) 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), 41(c)

F18In s. 55(1) definition of "recognised overseas qualification" omitted (17.12.2002) by virtue of The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/3135), arts. 1(2)(h), 15(6)(a) (with transitional provisions in Sch. 2)

F19Words in s. 55(1) 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), 15(d)

F21Definition in s. 55(1) repealed (10.7.1996) by S.I. 1996/1591, reg. 7, Sch. 2 para. 13(2)(c)(f)

F22Words in s. 55(1) inserted (17.12.2002 for specified purposes, 7.7.2004 for specified purposes as notified in the London Gazette dated 2.7.2004, 1.11.2004 for specified purposes as notified in the London Gazette dated 8.10.2004) by The Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/3135), arts. 1(2)(h), 15(6)(c) (with Sch. 2)

F23S. 55(2) inserted (10.7.1996) by S.I. 1996/1591, reg. 7, Sch. 2 para. 13(3)

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