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(1)The following decisions are appealable decisions for the purposes of this section—

(a)a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee under section 36I—

(i)giving a direction under subsection (3) of that section for erasure of a person’s name from the dental care professionals register under all titles under which he is registered in that register, or

(ii)refusing an application under subsection (6) of that section to restore a person’s name to that register under a particular title, or refusing to so restore his name until the end of a specified period;

(b)a decision of a Practice Committee under section 36P or 36Q giving, in relation to a particular title, a direction for erasure, for suspension, for conditional registration or for varying or adding to the conditions imposed by a direction for conditional registration; F2...

(c)a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee under section 36R—

(i)refusing to grant an application to restore a person’s name to the dental care professionals register under a particular title,

(ii)giving, in relation to a particular title, a direction for conditional registration under subsection (6)(b) of that section, or

(iii)giving a direction under subsection (9) of that section in respect of a particular title suspending indefinitely the right to make further applications under that section.

[F3(d)a decision of the Council under regulation 67 of the General Systems Regulations to send an alert about a person.]

(2)In subsection (1)—

(a)a reference to a direction for suspension includes a reference to a direction extending a period of suspension and a direction for indefinite suspension; and

(b)a reference to a direction for conditional registration includes a reference to a direction extending a period of conditional registration.

(3)Subject to subsection (4), a person in respect of whom an appealable decision has been made may, before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which notification of the decision was served under section 36I(7), 36P(9), 36Q(6) or 36R(7), (8) or (10), [F4or regulation 67 of the General Systems Regulations,] appeal against the decision to the relevant court.

(4)Where—

(a)any notification of a decision required to be served on a person under any of the provisions specified in subsection (3) is served by sending it to him by post, and

(b)the registrar is satisfied, on the application of that person, that he did not receive the notification within the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which the decision was made,

the registrar may, if he thinks fit, by authorisation in writing extend the period of time within which an appeal under this section may be brought.

(5)In subsection (3) “the relevant court”—

(a)in the case of a person whose address in the dental care professionals register is (or if he were registered would be) in Scotland, means the Court of Session;

(b)in the case of a person whose address in that register is (or if he were registered would be) in Northern Ireland, means the High Court in Northern Ireland; and

(c)in the case of any other person, means the High Court in England and Wales.

(6)On an appeal under this section, the court may—

(a)dismiss the appeal,

(b)allow the appeal and quash the decision appealed against [F5or, in the case of an appeal from a decision falling within subsection (1)(d), direct that the alert be withdrawn or amended],

(c)substitute for the decision appealed against any other decision which could have been made by [F6the Council,] the Professional Conduct Committee, the Professional Performance Committee or (as the case may be) the Health Committee, or

(d)remit the case to [F7the Council,] the Professional Conduct Committee, the Professional Performance Committee or (as the case may be) the Health Committee to dispose of the case under section 36I, 36P, 36Q or 36R in accordance with the directions of the court,

and may make such order as to costs (or, in Scotland, expenses) as it thinks fit.

(7)The Council may appear as respondent on any appeal under this section; and for the purpose of any order as to costs (or, in Scotland, expenses) in relation to any such appeal the Council shall be deemed to be a party to it, whether they appear on the hearing of the appeal or not.]

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F1Ss. 36K-36V and cross-heading inserted (coming into force in accordance with art. 1(4)-(7) of the amending S.I. (see the London Gazette, issue nos. 57734, 57975, 58050 and 58769, dated respectively 19.8.2005, 5.6.2006, 21.7.2006 and 18.7.2008)) by The Dentists Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/2011), art. 31 (with Sch. 7) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2006/1671)

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