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The General Dental Council

Interim Orders Committee

This Committee is also a statutory committee of the Council. The Interim Orders Committee (IOC) considers whether it is necessary to make an order affecting an individual’s registration for the protection of the public or for a reason otherwise in the public interest or in the interest of the individual concerned, pending the outcome of an inquiry of a practice committee. The IOC does not investigate the allegations or attempt to fact find. These functions are the remit of the practice committees.

The IOCs have the power to:

• Impose a suspension (up to 18 months with six monthly reviews),

• Impose conditions (up to 18 months with six monthly reviews) or

• Decide that no order is necessary.

Cases can be referred to the IOC at any stage of the process.

For reasons of accountability, hearings of IOCs are usually open to the public but can be heard in private in certain circumstances. These circumstances are that it is in the interests of the parties for a private IOC to be held, the protection of the personal life of the respondent requires that it is heard in private, or the committee considers that publicity would prejudice the interests of justice.

IOC members are drawn from the fitness to practise panellists who consist of both dental professionals and lay members. However, if a panellist sits on an inquiry for the IOC they will not sit on the same inquiry when it is heard at by a Practice Committee.

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