What is fitness to practise?

If an individual or a business is on our register we call them a 'registrant'.

A registrant is fit to practise, train or carry on business if they have the relevant skills, knowledge, health and character to perform their work and/or practise safely.

The Standards define the standards of behaviour and performance that are expected of registrants. One of our core functions is to investigate and act when registrants’ fitness to practise, train or carry on business is impaired.

Therefore, if we receive information which could potentially call into question a registrant’s fitness, we may need to investigate.

Anyone can raise a concern with us if they think a GOC registrant is not fit to practise (or train or run a GOC-registered business). We receive concerns from members of the public, patients, carers, employers, the police and other GOC registrants.