Modern slavery and human trafficking statement


Building on measures taken in previous years, this statement sets out our actions to identify the potential modern slavery risks related to our business. And it explain the steps we have taken to make sure, as far as possible, there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or supply chains. This statement relates to the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

As a public sector body, we recognise we have a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. We are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities, and to making sure our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational structure and purpose

Our purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. The law gives us four main functions under the Medical Act 1983:

  • keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
  • fostering good medical practice
  • promoting high standards of medical education and training
  • dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt.

We are a registered charity in England and Wales (1089278) and Scotland (SC037750). Our governing body, the Council, has 12 members – of which six are doctors and six are lay members, all appointed through an independent appointments process.

We have three major centres, one in London and two in Manchester, with smaller offices in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast and a significant number of staff who work remotely and out in the health service. These sites accommodate approximately 1,187 full and part time staff in the Office of the Chair and Chief Executive and across seven directorates, which are:

  • Registration and Revalidation
  • Fitness to Practise
  • Resources and Quality Assurance
  • Education and Standards
  • Strategy and Policy
  • Strategic Communications and Engagement
  • Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

Our modern slavery and human trafficking policy

We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery.

We're committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own businesses or those of our suppliers.

The nature of our business means that the risk of modern slavery in our directly managed business activities and the first line of our supply chain is low. We require all our suppliers to have robust anti-slavery and human trafficking arrangements in place.

If a supplier is found to be accepting of slavery in their business or supply chain we will terminate the contract and notify the relevant authorities.

What we did in 2017

In 2017 we implemented a series of activities to mitigate the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring within our organisation and supply chains.

  • All staff received guidance explaining what modern slavery is, how to identify it, and how to log concerns.
  • All recruited permanent and temporary staff are subjected to identification and background checking.
  • We have living wage accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.
  • We made all our suppliers aware of our modern slavery policy through our contract management processes.
  • We reviewed our standard terms and conditions to make sure our contracts with suppliers placed obligations on them to apply the principles of the Modern Slavery Act in their business and supply chains, to assure us that they are complying with this.
  • We told all suppliers how to log concerns with us about any concerns that modern slavery or human trafficking activity was occurring in our organisation or supply chain through our whistleblowing policy.
  • We ran a workshop to assess whether any suppliers needed further intervention activity to reasonably satisfy us that steps were being taken to prevent modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains. We determined that, given the nature of our supply, the current steps were appropriate in all cases, but we will review this regularly.