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The Board does not have powers to discipline health practitioners about whom a complaint has been made, however under section 71 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act it may appoint a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) to investigate certain matters.
A PCC is not a sub-committees of the Board. It is independent of the Board, regulates its own procedure and makes its own decisions. The recommendations and determinations a PCC may make are set out in section 80 of the HPCAA and include:
If a PCC (or the Health and Disability Commissioner's Director of Proceedings) lays a charge against a health practitioner, the charge will be heard by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (HPDT). The grounds upon which a practitioner may be disciplined are outlined in section 100 of the HPCAA and include:
Penalties available to the HPDT in the event that any of the above cases is found to apply are: