Statutory Committees

1. Training, Assessment and Registration Committee (TARC)

Establishment

The committee is established under Rule 3 of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Training, Assessment and Registration) Rules, 2014

Composition of the Committee

Rule 5 details the membership of the Committee to include:-

  1. Not more than five (5) members appointed by the Board from among its members. 
  2. The committee shall elect its own chairman and shall have the powers to co-opt not more than three (3) private practitioners who are not members of the Board for the purposes of transacting the business of the Committee.
  3. The persons co-opted under sub-rule (2) may not vote in any matter before the committee. 
  4. The committee may regulate its own procedure.

Functions

  1. Accredit and regulate all medical schools, dental schools,  internship training centres,  continuing professional development and continuing education programme providers;
  2. Inspect all medical schools, dental schools and internship training centres;
  3. Index all medical and dental students;
  4. Conduct examinations by the Board;
  5. Conduct internship qualifying examinations;
  6. Review post-graduate qualifications for the purpose of awarding specialist recognition;
  7. Scrutinize applications for approving specialists and sub-specialist status;
  8. Conduct all pre-registration and pre-internship examinations by the Board and peer reviews;
  9. Approve the registration of medical practitioners and dentists;
  10. Implement the continuing professional development programmes by the Board;
  11. Monitor and ensure compliance with the continuing professional development;

2. Inspection and Licensing Committee (ILC)

Establishment

The Committee is established under Rule 3 (1) of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Inspections and Licensing) Rules, 2014

 Composition

The composition of the committee as set out in Rule 4 includes:

  1. Five (5) members appointed by the Board from among its members  and the Chief Executive Officer.
  2. The Committee shall elect its Chairman and shall have powers to co-opt not more than three (3) other persons who are not members of the Board, for the purposes of transacting the business of the committee, whenever it is expedient.
  3. The persons co-opted under sub-rule (2) may not vote in any matter before the Committee.
  4. The Committee shall report its findings to the Board.
  5. The Committee may regulate its own procedure

Functions

  1. Issue licenses to all eligible medical and dental practitioners;
  2. Approve and license the premises for the practice by medical and dental practitioners;
  3. Inspect clinics, health centres, medical centres, mortuaries, maternity and nursing homes;
  4. Inspect hospitals including faith-based hospitals and Government hospitals;
  5. Review, whenever it is in its opinion necessary, all applications for licenses to engage in private practice by medical and dental practitioners;
  6. Maintain a register of all persons and facilities licensed under these Rules;
  7. Review the fees charged in private practice by medical and dental practitioners, from time to time;
  8. Undertake any other activity that may be necessary for the fulfillment of its functions under these Rules.

3.Preliminary Inquiry Committee

Establishment

The Committee is established under Rule 4 of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Disciplinary Proceeding) (Procedure) Amendment Rules, 2013

Composition

  1. Seven members elected from among the members of the Board.
  2. The Director of Medical Services or, in his absence, a Deputy Director of Medical Services who is a member of the Board shall be the chairman of the Preliminary Inquiry Committee.
  3. The Chairman of the PIC shall convene the meetings of the committee as and when necessary.
  4. The PIC may co-opt into the Committee any person whose knowledge and skills are necessary for the proper determination of any matter before it.
  5. A person co-opted under sub-rule (4) may attend the meetings of the Committee and participate in its deliberations but shall have no right to vote at the meeting. [L.N. 223/2013, r. 2.]

Functions:

  1. Conduct inquiries into the complaints submitted to it under these Rules and make appropriate recommends to the Board.
  2. Ensure that the necessary administrative and evidential arrangements have been met so as to facilitate the Board to effectively undertake an inquiry under rule 6;
  3. Promote mediation and arbitration between the parties and refer matters to such mediator or arbitrator as the parties may in writing agree; and
  4. 4.At its own liberty, record and adopt mediation agreements or compromise between the parties on the terms agreed and thereafter inform the chairperson.

4. Professional Conduct Committee (PCC)

Establishment

The Committee is established under Rule 4 A of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Disciplinary Proceeding) (Procedure) Amendment Rules, 2013

Composition

The membership of the committee as detailed in Rule 4 includes:-

  1. A chairperson;
  2. two persons registered in the same profession in which a medical practitioner or dentist whose conduct is being inquired is registered;
  3. one member of the Board;
  4. one person representing the general public;
  5. the Board’s advocate who shall be the legal advisor; and
  6. the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

Functions

  1. Conduct inquiries into the complaints within such counties as the Board may specify and make appropriate recommendations to the Board;
  2. Ensure that the necessary administrative and evidential arrangements have been met so as to facilitate the Board to effectively undertake an inquiry under rule 6;
  3. Convene sittings in respective counties to determine complaints;
  4. Promote arbitration between the parties and refer matters to such arbitrator as the parties may in writing agree.

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