About this guidance

1. In Medical practice1 we say:

11. You must be familiar with guidelines and developments that affect your work.

12. You must keep up to date with, and follow, the law, our guidance and other regulations relevant to your work.

14. You must recognise and work within the limits of your competence.

72. You must be honest and trustworthy when giving evidence to courts or tribunals. You must make sure that any evidence you give or documents you write or sign are not false or misleading.

a. You must take reasonable steps to check the information.

b. You must not deliberately leave out relevant information.

73. You must cooperate with formal inquiries and complaints procedures and must offer all relevant information while following the guidance in Confidentiality.

74. You must make clear the limits of your competence and knowledge when giving evidence or acting as a witness.

2. In this guidance, we explain how doctors can put these principles into practice when acting as a professional witness or as an expert witness. If you give evidence as a witness of fact in a non-professional capacity (for example, as a witness to a traffic accident) you must follow the guidance in paragraph 72 of Medical practice. Serious or persistent failure to follow this guidance will put your registration at risk. 

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