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Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

3: Competence, fitness to practise, and quality assurance

40   Competence programmes

    40 Competence programmes

  (1)  For the purpose of maintaining, examining, or improving the competence
of health practitioners to practise the profession in respect of which an
authority is appointed, the authority may from time to time set or recognise
competence programmes in respect of health practitioners who hold or apply for
practising certificates.

  (2)  Any competence programme may be made to apply generally in respect of
all such health practitioners, or in respect of a specified health
practitioner, or
in respect of any specified class or classes of such health

  (3)  Any competence programme may require a health practitioner to do any 1
or more of the following, within a period, or at intervals, prescribed in the

      (a)  pass any examinations or assessments, or both:

      (b)  complete a period of practical training:

      (c)  complete a period of practical experience:

      (d)  undertake a course of instruction:

      (e)  permit another health practitioner specified by the authority to
examine the clinical records of the health practitioner in relation to his or

      (f)  undertake a period of supervised practice.

  (4)  The authority may specify a period within which the health practitioners
to which a competence programme applies must comply with the requirements of
the programme.

  (5)  The authority may exempt any health practitioner or class of health
practitioner from all or any of the requirements of a competence

  (6)  Within 20 working days after a competence programme is set or recognised
by the authority, the Registrar must notify every health practitioner who is
required to undertake the programme of that fact and of the details of the
Compare: 1995 No 95 s 62

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