PRDBA Mock Hearing
Date: Tuesday 15th November
Time: 4.15pm to 6.15pm
The PRDBA are delighted to host their first Mock Hearing for members of the Law Library.
Background Information: The objective of this event is to give members a unique insight into how regulatory hearings operate. This mock hearing will simulate an inquiry into two pharmacists before the Professional Conduct Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) handles complaints against pharmacists and pharmacies. Complaints are initially reviewed by the Preliminary Proceedings Committee (the PPC) and, if deemed appropriate, it is referred to a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC), which investigates the complaint by way of hearing and, makes findings of fact and decides whether those findings constitute professional misconduct or poor professional performance. The PCC may also make recommendations to the PSI as regards sanction. If the PSI decide to impose a sanction of sufficient seriousness, the sanction is confirmed by the President of the High Court.
Complaints that go before the PCC are prosecuted by the Registrar (Chief Officer) and are advanced by a Notice of Inquiry containing express allegations against a Registrant. Once the Notice of Inquiry is served on the Registrant, the matter goes before the PCC for hearing for the purpose of it inquiring into the allegations and making the findings.
The mock hearing is a hearing before the PCC and will include the PCC panel, the Legal Assessor (who advises the Committee as to matters of law), the Registrar’s legal team and the Registrants’ legal team.
Learning Outcomes: The mock hearing will deal with issues that commonly arise in inquiries alleging professional misconduct and poor professional against Registrants including before the PSI, the Medical Council, the Nursing Board, the Dental Council, the Teaching Council. It will give members an understanding of how inquiries such as this are run and will deal with issue including the onus of proof, the standard of proof, issues of evidence that arise, the concepts of professional misconduct and poor professional performance and will also deal with principles relating to sanction.
2 CPD Points
Please note that this CPD session is available to Law Library members.