The Medical Council is the statutory body responsible for regulating the medical profession in the Republic of Ireland. It helps drive patient safety by ensuring good professional practice amongst doctors. An important function of the Medical Council is to quality assure and promote continuous improvement in medical education and training. In this way, it helps ensure that trainee doctors have a foundation from which they can provide care which is safe and clinically sound throughout their professional lives.
Central to this role are rules which the Medical Council makes to govern how it will operate various functions under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (PDF). As part of this remit, it has previously made Part 10 (Section 88) rules in respect of the duties of Council in relation to medical education and training.
The Medical Council is now proposing to amend these rules. The proposed amendments to existing rules are designed to better reflect the current arrangements for basic medical training in Ireland. The Medical Council previously adopted the World Federation in Medical Education standards for undergraduate accreditations under the 2007 European Specifications. The WFME updated its global standards in 2015. The proposed amendments to existing rules is to formally adopt the 2015 WFME revision.
The process for amendment followed by the Medical Council is set out in Section 11 of the Act, and this includes publishing the draft proposals so as to provide interested individuals and groups with an opportunity to comment.
You are now invited to submit your views on these draft amendments of the rules.
Following this consultation process and Council’s consideration of submissions received, the draft amendments to the rules will be reviewed and finalised. Please note that all submissions are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (PDF).
To view/download the amended rules, please click the link below:
To provide feedback, please use the following form:
You may complete the form electronically or return by post. Please return your comments to:
Submissions on the draft rules must reach the Council by close of business on Friday 2nd December 2016.