Statutory regulation refers to professions that must be registered with a professional regulatory body by law. Employers must check that healthcare professionals are registered with an appropriate regulated body by law and are fit and licensed to practise in their chosen profession before they start work. They should also ensure that professionals continue to maintain that registration and fitness to practise for the full duration of employment with them.
There are nine statutory professional regulatory bodies across the health and care sectors. Each regulator maintains a register of individuals who meet the required standards set for the specific profession. Including standards of education, training, professional skills, behavior and health.
Each regulator has its own systems to enable you to check their registers and have detailed processes of how to alert them if you have concerns about an individual's fitness to practise. You can find these on the websites below.
The professional regulators
- General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates the chiropractic profession.
- General Dental Council (GDC) regulates dental professionals. This includes dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists.
- General Medical Council (GMC) regulates doctors.
- General Optical Council (GOC) regulates the optical professions.
- General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) regulates the practice of osteopathy.
- General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain.
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulates 15 health and care professions: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists/podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists/orthotists, radiographers and speech and language therapists.
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulates nurses, midwives and nursing associates.
- Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is the regulatory and professional body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland.
Scrutiny and oversight of the nine regulators is provided by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The PSA also have powers to accredit other registers of professions which are not required to be registered by law but are committed to working towards high standards of education, training, and practise. More information about accredited registers can be found on our website.