Before you apply to renew your APC you are advised to read the information below on restrictions to the issue of an APC. If you feel that any of the restrictions might apply to you please contact the Registrar for advice.
The Registrar will not issue an APC if he believes that there are reasonable grounds to refer the application to the Council. The grounds are set out in the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act) at section 27.
Grounds for referring an APC application to Council
a. has failed to maintain the required standard of competence
b. has failed to fulfil or comply with a condition included in the applicant's scope of practice
c. has not satisfactorily completed the requirements of any competence programme that the applicant has been ordered by Council to complete
d. has not held an APC within the 3 years immediately preceding the date of the application
e. is unable to perform the functions required for the applicant's profession because of some mental or physical condition
f. has not within the 3 years immediately preceding the date of application lawfully practised his or her profession.
What the Council does
When an application is referred to the Council, it must only decide to issue an APC if it is satisfied that the applicant meets the required standard of competence. Council can make any of the following decisions:
What happens if the APC application is declined
Applicants will be given the opportunity to make written and oral submissions prior to any decision being made to decline an APC application, or to include or vary conditions in the applicant's scope of practice.
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