Statement on our approach in fitness to practise for the service of documents and facilitating hearings during the COVID-19 emergency



This statement sets out how we will approach investigations and hearings during this emergency period and any adaptations to our processes under the Fitness to Practise Rules 2013 (‘the Rules’).

In taking the steps set out in this statement, we are putting our overarching objective – the protection of the public – at the forefront of our efforts to continue maintaining our functions during this challenging period.

We also recognise that it is important to registrants, and to all other parties involved in our fitness to practise proceedings, that we continue to progress cases as swiftly as we can.

In doing so, we will be sensitive to any personal and practical difficulties caused to all case participants by, for example, illness, self-isolation, travel restrictions and school closures.


26 March 2020 (updated 1 May 2020, 1 June 2020 and 28 May 2021)