Interim orders after a sanction is imposed

Reference: SAN-7

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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Any previous interim order in place will lapse upon determination of the allegation, that is, at the point when the panel announces its decision on sanction.

Sanctions cannot take effect until the end of the appeal period (28 days after the date on which the decision letter is served) or, if an appeal has been lodged, before the appeal has been finally determined. The Fitness to Practise Committee has the power to impose an interim order for up to 18 months to cover the period in question.

Whenever it makes a conditions of practice order, suspension order or striking-off order, the Committee will consider whether or not to impose an interim order. The power to impose an interim order after the decision on sanction involves the exercise of discretion. It is not an automatic decision in every case.