Refusal of accreditation to proposed CPD event was in accordance with guidelines

By: Mark Tottenham BL

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Supreme Court: (a) allows appeal from the Court of Appeal, and grants order dismissing application for judicial review of a decision by a designated body (the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) to refuse continuing professional development accreditation to an event organised by a private body demonstrating live plastic surgery, on the grounds that it had been open to the body to reject accreditation, whichever guidelines had been adopted, where the body was not satisfied with the information received about the event; but (b) determines that the Court of Appeal had been entitled to have regard to certain documentation placed on affidavit by the applicant, where the designated body had not objected to the documents at an earlier stage.

Clarke CJ (nem diss): Accreditation of event involving live plastic surgery - s. 91(4) of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 - designation of bodies entitled to accredit events for continuing professional development (CPD) - application for CPD accreditation - refusal by designated body - judicial review - refusal of leave - appeal - whether designated body had applied guidelines correctly - issue of general public importance - application for accreditation of one-day master class in plastic surgery - correspondence between parties - internal correspondence - change in guidelines - discovered documents - status of documents.

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