Professional regulatory law is an area of law that covers the regulation of a person's professional qualification (commonly referred to as Fitness to Practise). This includes Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and many other professions that are now subject to statutory regulation. Most recently, Part 5 of the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 commenced on the 25th July 2016 and this means that Teachers are now subject to statutory regulation (commonly referred to as Fitness to Teach).
A person’s professional qualification is pivotal to a person’s ability to earn a livelihood and it is for this reason that a significant amount of case law has arisen with regard to the right of statutory regulators, and indeed the courts, to restrict or prevent a person working in their chosen profession.
O’Doherty Warren Solicitors has particular expertise in acting for professionals in relation to Fitness to Practise Inquiries and prosecutions taken by statutory regulators.
LIST OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND THE PROFESSIONS THEY REGULATE:
- The Medical Council – Doctors.
- The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland – Nurses and Midwives.
- Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland – Pharmacists and Pharmacies.
- The Teaching Council – Teachers.
- The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland – Architects.
- Property Services Regulatory Authority – Auctioneers, Estate Agents, Letting Agents and Property Management Agents.
- Bar Council/King’s Inns – Barristers.
- Law Society of Ireland – Solicitors.
- Veterinary Council of Ireland – Veterinary Surgeons.
- Dental Council – Dentists.
- Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council – Registered Practitioners providing pre-hospital emergency care.
- The Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) - As of the 8th September 2016 Registers are open for Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Radiographers and Radiation Therapists, Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapists, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.