Fitness to practise

One of our most important roles is to ensure doctors are fit to practise medicine. A doctor's fitness to practise is determined by their professional conduct, their competence (application of knowledge and skill), and their physical and mental health.

We have a set of standards which outline what we expect of doctors in all these areas, and we also have procedures to follow if there are concerns about a doctor's conduct, competence or health.

Our principal function is to protect the public, and we will assess and respond to any information that indicates a doctor's fitness to practise is compromised.