Prospective registrants are asked to answer a number of questions relating to their previous history when completing the declaration section of the application form. If someone answers ‘yes’ to any question in their declaration, their application will be considered by fitness to practise staff
Stage 1 – Fitness to practise staff consider the declaration to be relatively minor and to not affect the applicant’s suitability for registration; registration is granted.
Stage 2 – The applicant is asked to provide more detailed information about the circumstances of their declaration and some testimonials / representations in support of their suitability for registration. If staff are content with the applicant’s response, registration is granted.
Stage 3 – Fitness to practise staff decide to refer the application for independent scrutiny by a suitability committee at a meeting. These referrals relate to more serious declarations.
The suitability meeting is private and an opportunity for the applicant to explain to the committee why they consider they are suitable to be registered with the EWC.
The suitability committee consists of a minimum of three panel members, including at least one member from the registrant category appropriate to the applicant, and one lay person. The Committee is supported by an independent legal adviser.
Once it has heard from the applicant, the committee retires to consider, in private, whether to grant registration or not. If registration is not granted, the applicant is not able to make any further application in the same registration category / categories for a further 12 months, after which time they can reapply for registration.