Fitness to Practice Department
Protecting the Public. Promoting High Standards of Healthcare.
Due to the urgent need to regulate healthcare practitioners in the State of Qatar, the Medical Licensing Department was established as one of the departments within Ministry of Public Health under Article No. (9) Of Law No. (13) Of the year 2002, and its responsibilities are defined under article No. (13) Of the above mentioned law.
“Compliance and Investigation” Section was established in 2009 to work with the Medical Licensing Department, for the purpose of protecting the public against unsafe, un-ethical, or improper practices and to monitor the performance of healthcare practitioners in order to ensure their abidance with the rules and regulations of the health sector within the State.
According to The Emiri Decree No.7 of 2013, regarding the Establishment of the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) under the umbrella of Supreme Council of Health; The Council is the sole authority responsible for regulating all healthcare practitioners working in both governmental and private healthcare sectors in the State of Qatar. Hence, the “Compliance and Investigation” section was also changed to “Fitness to Practice Department”.
Fitness to Practice Department’s core responsibility is to monitor all healthcare practitioners\ performance and compliance, consider and investigate, within the limits of its delegated authority, any health related complaints against healthcare practitioners working in governmental and private healthcare sector and taking actions when questions arise about practitioners’ fitness to practice through the Permanent Licensing Committee (PLC). This committee is responsible to look into any violations committed by healthcare practitioners according to Article No. (5) and Article No. (23) of Law No. (2) of 1983 so as to ensure that public protection and safety is maintained.
FTP Department Responsibilities
- A fair, speedy, and efficient investigation and resolution of complaints regarding practitioners conduct and competence.
- Promoting of awareness of expected conduct from all healthcare practitioners and the rights of healthcare consumers.
- Ensuring that all stakeholders have convenient access to clear information on complaints, investigations and hearing policies and procedures.
- Responding to inquiries accurately and in a timely and courteous manner
- Ensuring that all complaints, investigations and hearings-related information and records are accurate, complete, and handled in a confidential manner
- Monitoring healthcare practitioner’s compliance with health rules and regulations.
- Liaising with law enforcement agencies, the Qatari court system, and other organizations as appropriate.