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Openness and legal or disciplinary proceedings

72. You must be honest and trustworthy when giving evidence to courts or tribunals.28 You must make sure that any evidence you give or documents you write or sign are not false or misleading.

a. You must take reasonable steps to check the information.

b. You must not deliberately leave out relevant information.

73. You must cooperate with formal inquiries and complaints procedures and must offer all relevant information while following the guidance in Confidentiality.

74. You must make clear the limits of your competence and knowledge when giving evidence or acting as a witness.28

75. You must tell us without delay if, anywhere in the world:

a. you have accepted a caution from the police or been criticised by an official inquiry

b. you have been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence

c. another professional body has made a finding against your registration as a result of fitness to practise procedures.29

76. If you are suspended by an organisation from a medical post, or have restrictions placed on your practice, you must, without delay, inform any other organisations you carry out medical work for and any patients you see independently.