Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005

Registration board's power to make bye-laws.

31.—(1) With the Council's approval and in accordance with any guidelines issued under subsection (7), the registration board of a designated profession may, subject to section 32 , make bye-laws relating to any or all of the following matters:

(a) the conduct of elections for the appointment of members under section 28 to the board;

(b) applications for registration in the register of that profession or for restoration to the register;

(c) qualifications approved for the purposes of section 38 (2)(a) as attesting to the standard of proficiency required for registration;

(d) requirements, for the purposes of section 38 (1)(d), as to knowledge of the language necessary for practising that profession in the State;

(e) procedures for assessing for the purposes of section 38 (2)(b) to (d) qualifications awarded, or training or professional experience acquired, outside the State;

(f) the conditions for registration in a division of the register of that profession, but only if division of the register is authorised by any rules or guidelines issued by the Council;

(g) criteria for restoration to the register of that profession;

(h) the education, training and continuing professional development of registrants of that profession;

(i) the adoption and revision of a code of professional conduct and ethics;

(j) any other matter specified by the Council in its guidelines.

(2) A code of professional conduct and ethics adopted by the registration board of a designated profession must specify the standards of conduct, performance and ethics expected of registrants of that profession.

(3) If authorised by the Council under section 22 (7), a registration board may make bye-laws providing for the establishment, membership, functions and procedures of committees of the board.

(4) Bye-laws under subsection (1) may establish categories of registrants and may be different for different categories of registrants.

(5) Where a proposed bye-law under paragraph (c) or (h) of subsection (1) might result in an additional burden being imposed on the Exchequer, the bye-law may be made only if—

(a) after receiving a draft of the proposed bye-law for its approval, the Council refers the draft to the Minister, and

(b) both the Council and the Minister approve the draft.

(6) Subsection (5) applies also in relation to a proposed amendment or revocation of a bye-law under paragraph (c) or (h) of subsection (1).

(7) For the purposes of this section, the Council may issue guidelines applicable to all or any of the registration boards.