Decisions made by the Professional Conduct Committee can be appealed against. An appeal can be made by the osteopath concerned or the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
The Osteopaths Act 1993 section 31 (as amended 2014) provides for an osteopath to appeal against a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee. An appeal may be made to one of the following courts:
- High Court of Justice in England and Wales
- Court of Session in Scotland
- High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.
Professional Standards Authority
With effect from 31 December 2015, section 29 of the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 (as amended) provides that the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the PSA) may appeal decisions made by the GOsC Professional Conduct Committee if it considers that the decision is not sufficient for the protection of the public.