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Legislative framework

The Medical Act 1983 sets out the basic legislative framework for our governance.

This includes things like:

  • the composition of our Council
  • how individuals become members of our Council
  • the registration of members’ private interests
  • information about and the powers, duties and proceedings of our Council and the different committees through which our Council carries out much of its work.

Although the act provides the basic framework, much of the detail of how things operate is described in separate statutory instruments. Like the act itself, these have the force of law.

Constitution Order

The Constitution Order deals with matters such as the size and composition of our Council, the terms of office of Council members, and the arrangements for suspending or removing of members from office.

The General Medical Council (Constitution) Order 2008

The 2008 order has been amended in 2013 and 2017, by the following orders.