Grounds for a Fitness to Practise Complaint

What are the grounds on which a complaint may be raised with CORU?

1. Professional Misconduct

Professional misconduct, as defined by the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended), by a registrant means any act, omission or pattern of conduct that: 

  • is a breach of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics adopted by the Registration Board with which the person is registered, or
  • if the registrant is licenced, certified or registered with a body outside the State, is a breach of a standard of conduct, performance or ethics that applies to a person holding that licence, certificate or registration and that corresponds to a standard contained in the code referred to in the point above.

2. Poor Professional Performance

Poor Professional Performance, as defined by the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended), means any failure of the registrant to meet the standards of competence that may reasonably be expected of registrants practising that profession.

3. A relevant medical disability

A relevant medical disability means a physical or mental disability of the registrant which may impair his or her ability to practise his or her profession. It includes an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

4. Or any of the following

  • A failure to comply with a term or condition of registration imposed following a previous Fitness to Practise hearing.
  • A failure to comply with an undertaking or to take any action specified in a consent provided to a Committee of Inquiry.
  • A contravention of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended), the rules or bye-laws.
  • A conviction in the State for an offence triable on indictment (or an equivalent conviction outside the State).
  • Where a health and social care professional registered with CORU has been prohibited or restricted from providing health and social care in the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere.