THE GENERAL CHIROPRACTIC COUNCIL (REGISTRATION OF CHIROPRACTORS WITH FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS) RULES 2002
The General Chiropractic Council, in exercise of its powers under sections 3(2) and (6), 6(2) to (4), 14(4) and 35(2) of the Chiropractors Act 1994( 2), and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1. These Rules may be cited as the General Chiropractic Council (Registration of Chiropractors with Foreign Qualifications) Rules 2002, and shall come into force on 6th November 2002.
2. In these Rules -
"the 1999 Rules" means the General Chiropractic Council (Registration) Rules 1999( 3);
"the Act" means the Chiropractors Act 1994;
"applicant" means an applicant for registration as a fully registered chiropractor;
"the Council" means the General Chiropractic Council;
"foreign qualification" means a qualification in chiropractic granted by an institution outside the United Kingdom;
"relevant recognised qualification" means a foreign qualification which has been recognised under section 14(3) of the Act;
"relevant unrecognised qualification" means a foreign qualification which has not been recognised under section 14(3) of the Act, but which was awarded to the applicant -(a) following completion of a course of education or training in chiropractic normally requiring not less than 4,800 hours of study, tuition and clinical experience in chiropractic to be undertaken; or(b) following completion of - (i) a first degree in human science, and(ii) a course of education or training in chiropractic normally requiring not less than 2,200 hours of study, tuition and clinical experience in chiropractic to be undertaken.
Particulars in the register
3. Where a person is registered as a fully registered chiropractor by virtue of Part II or III of these Rules, the register shall contain a note to that effect, in addition (so far as relevant) to the matters referred to in rule 3(1) of the 1999 Rules.
Cases where Community Law does not apply
Application of Part II
4. This Part applies where an applicant is a person who -(a) has a relevant recognised qualification or a relevant unrecognised qualification,(b) does not have a recognised qualification granted by an institution within the United Kingdom, and(c) is not treated as having a recognised qualification by virtue of section 14(10)(a) of the Act;
and references in this Part to an application shall be construed accordingly.
Treatment of foreign qualifications
5. - (1) The Registrar shall, in considering an application by an applicant who has a relevant unrecognised qualification but not a relevant recognised qualification, treat the applicant as having a recognised qualification upon being satisfied that he has reached the required standard of proficiency and has a satisfactory command of the English language.
(2) The Registrar may, in considering an application by an applicant who has a relevant recognised qualification, before registering the applicant, require the applicant to satisfy him that he has a satisfactory command of the English language.
Required standard of proficiency
6. - (1) In determining whether an applicant has reached the required standard of proficiency for the purposes of rule 5(1), the Registrar shall require the applicant to take a test of competence under this rule.
(2) The test of competence shall comprise a written or oral test (or both) covering the following heads (or such part of them as the Registrar considers appropriate) for the purposes of determining whether the applicant meets the required standard of proficiency in relation to them -(a) knowledge and understanding of the ethical basis and holistic nature of the practice of chiropractic;(b) medical and scientific knowledge relevant to the practice of chiropractic;(c) clinical assessment, including physical examination before and during treatment, interview and case history;(d) diagnosis and clinical impression;(e) the selection of appropriate treatment;(f) the delivery of treatment and evaluation of the response to treatment;(g) the giving of advice concerning treatment, treatment dependence, minimisation of recurrence or the need for further treatment, and related matters;(h) the obtaining of consent to treatment;(i) communication with other chiropractors, general medical practitioners and...