The Bribery Act 2010 provides the four main offences:
- giving or offering a bribe
- receiving or requesting a bribe
- bribing a foreign public official (also known as facilitation payments)
- negligently failing to prevent a bribe (corporate offence).
Under the Bribery Act, an offence has been committed even if no money or goods have been exchanged and a bribe has no minimum value.
Examples of bribery may include, but not limited to:
• providing details of an exam question or station to other potential PLAB candidates, in any forum, including social media, messenger services or in face to face conversations
• providing details of an exam questions or stations to businesses that may financially benefit from this information.
Individuals who commit bribery against the GMC may face criminal prosecution, civil action, disciplinary action and/or striking off (if the individual is a member). If found guilty of bribery, the individual may receive a ten-year custodial sentence and unlimited fines.