Misconduct procedures

What is misconduct?

Misconduct includes, but is not limited to: 

• sharing exam content in any way, including on social media and other online forums
• not complying with the reasonable instructions of an invigilator or other examination official
• viewing the work of another candidate, or attempting to do so
• removing materials or content (including the use of recording devices) from an examination other than those specifically permitted
• bringing materials other than those specifically permitted into the exam
• releasing content from any exam to a third party/commercial organisation
• communicating with another candidate whilst under exam conditions
• gaining information about the exam questions in advance of your exam date
• impersonation of a candidate
• bribery, or attempted bribery, (of another candidate, exam official, simulated patient or other relevant person)
• disruptive behaviour during an exam
• aiding or abetting any of the above. 

What is the misconduct investigation process?

We will review the alleged misconduct and, after consulting with others where necessary, determine if there is sufficient evidence for the allegation to be pursued.

If the case is not pursued, we will inform the candidate accordingly, where applicable. In all other cases, we’ll inform the candidate of the allegations that have been made against them. 

The candidate then has the opportunity to provide a response to the allegations. During this time the results will remain unconfirmed until we have considered the allegation. 

We will inform the candidate of the decision and any penalty that has been applied.

What are the penalties for misconduct?

Standard penalties can include:
• written advice
• results of an examination to be annulled
• candidate barred from entry to future examinations for a specified period
• reporting the matter to our registrar so he can take it into account as a matter of good character when considering a future application for registration with a licence to practice
• any combination of any of the above
• any other reasonable action
• no further action. 

Will you be able to appeal the outcome?

Where we consider the candidate’s appeal fulfils the requirements, the material considered by the Head of Section will be passed to the relevant Assistant Director (AD) who will consider whether the disputed facts are proved and whether the penalty applied is proportionate to the misconduct. The AD’s decision will be final.