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Regulation of public health specialists

On the 23 January 2012, the Secretary of State Andrew Lansley announced plans to legislate to ensure that all public health consultants were appropriately regulated. The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) welcomes this outcome, which is in no small part down to the hard work and commitment of FPH members, officers and staff.

FPH has now received further details from the Department of Health on the legislative process, practicalities and timetable for implementation. The legislation that will be used is Section 60 of the 1999 Health Act which will enable amendment of the Health Professions Council's (HPC) primary legislation, using secondary legislation, to establish a statutory register for public health specialists.  A draft legislative order will then be produced, which requires three months' consultation.  A revised order is then drafted.  It then has to be considered by the Scottish Assembly and then approved through a debate in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, prior to approval by the Privy Council. 

The process will begin in late 2012 and should take between 18 and 24 months, depending on the complexity of the legislation. During that time, the HPC will work with FPH, the United Kingdom Public Health Register (UKPHR) and other interested parties to develop and agree the regulatory systems and standards within HPC to enable UKPHR-registered specialists to transfer at the appropriate time when legislation is completed.

Written: 01/06/2012 , last modified: 07/11/2012