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During a GDC investigation, the General Dental Council may decide to refer a registrant to the GDC Interim Orders Committee. Interim referrals are commonly done during the early stage of the investigation.

The amount of notice that a registrant receives of a GDC Interim Orders Committee hearing varies, as the rules simply require that reasonable notice is given.

What is the function of the GDC Interim Orders Committee?

The committee will essentially conduct a risk analysis to decide whether it is necessary to make an order against an individual’s registration, pending the outcome of a fitness to practise investigation by one of the GDC Practice Committees.

An interim order will only be made if it is necessary for one of the following reasons:

The Interim Orders Committee will essentially conduct a risk assessment, given the nature of the allegations and your specific circumstances.

What are the powers of the GDC Interim Orders Committee?

The GDC Interim Orders Committee has powers to:

Attending a GDC Interim Orders Committee Hearing

Attending a GDC Interim Orders Committee alone is an intimidating prospect. Much is at stake and the GDC registrant is often still in shock about the proceedings, at what is usually the early stages of an investigation.

If you have been given notice about a GDC Interim Orders Committee hearing, please contact Richard Nelson LLP to speak to one of our expert defence lawyers for urgent advice and representation.

Having an experienced lawyer at a GDC Interim Orders Committee hearing can make a significant difference to the outcome. Representation will give you the assurance that your lawyer is there to represent and defend you.

When facing serious allegations, it may be necessary, at times, to accept that the GDC Interim Orders Committee will inevitably be minded to impose an interim order. If so, our efforts can be utilised to persuade the Committee that workable interim conditions would provide adequate protection and that interim suspension is unnecessary. Experience of attending GDC Interim Orders Committees enables our lawyers to give you the best strategic advice about your individual circumstances.

GDC Interim Orders Review Hearings

If a GDC Interim Orders Committee made an interim order, this order will be reviewed by a committee every 6 months. It may be possible at a review hearing to persuade the Committee that an interim order is no longer necessary, or that an interim suspension order should be replaced with an order for interim conditions.

When new evidence becomes available, it may be possible to request that an interim order is reviewed earlier than normal to enable a quicker decision to be made.

Get in touch

If you have been referred to a GDC Interim Orders Committee hearing, then please contact us to speak to one of our GDC lawyers for expert advice.

Richard Nelson LLP's solicitors can make submissions on your behalf before the committee, whilst safeguarding your position in relation to the substantive fitness to practise allegation.

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