The Registration Appeal Committee
The Registration Appeal Committee (RAC) considers appeals made against the Registrar for the following reasons:
• refused registration
• removal from the Register (but not by a practice committee)
• not restored to the Register (but not by a practice committee)
Each RAC must consist of not fewer than three members of the Fitness to Practise Committee – including at least one lay and one dental member. The Committee is advised on matters of law and procedures by a legal adviser, by an advocate or solicitor of not less than 10 years standing.
Upon receiving a valid notice of appeal a notification will be sent to the appellant acknowledging its receipt and informing them that they may before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which the notification was sent, request that a hearing be held. If the appellant does not request a hearing, the Committee may hold one anyway if they consider it to be desirable. The appellant can attend the hearing and can also choose to have a solicitor or advocate representing them.
The appeal hearings are open to the public unless the committee are satisfied that, in the interests of justice or for the protection of the private or family life the appellant or any other person, the public should be excluded from all or part of the hearing.
The committee can dismiss the appeal or allow the appeal and quash the decision of the Registrar.