Rules Consultation 2012

Consultation on Draft Amendments to Part 10 Rules

An important function of the Medical Council is to quality assure and promote continuous improvement in medical education and training. In this way, it helps ensure that trainee doctors have a foundation from which they can provide care which is safe and clinically sound throughout their professional lives.

Central to this role are rules which the Medical Council makes to govern how it will operate various functions under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 ("the Act"). As part of this remit, it has previously made Part 10 (Section 88) rules in respect of the duties of Council in relation to medical education and training.

The Medical Council is now proposing to amend these rules. The proposed amendments to existing rules are designed to better reflect the current arrangements for basic medical training in Ireland, by providing further detail on intern training requirements.

The process for amendment followed by the Medical Council is set out in Section 11 of the Act, and this includes publishing the draft proposals so as to provide interested individuals and group with an opportunity to comment. You are now invited to submit your views on these draft amendments to the rules.

Following this consultation process and Council's consideration of submissions received, the draft amendments to the rules will be reviewed and finalised. Please note that all submissions are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts 1997-2003.

To view/download the draft amended rules, please click the link below:

Draft Amended Rules

To provide feedback, please use the following form:

Feedback Form.pdf

You may complete the form in hard copy or in soft copy. Please return your comments by email, post or fax at the details below:


Post: Education and Training
The Medical Council
Kingram House
Kingram Place
Dublin 2

Fax: 01 498 3155

Printed copies of the above documents are available by contacting the Council's offices at 01-4983190. Submissions on the draft rules must reach the Council by close of business on 27th November 2012.

The consultation press release is available to view in our news section.