Sceptics seek judicial review of PSA’s accreditation of Society

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    [post_content] => Sceptics body the Good Thinking Society (GTS) is campaigning for a legal inquiry into the process of accreditation for the Society of Homeopaths.

The GTS wants to challenge the Professional Standards Authority's (PSA) decision to reaccredit the Society since 2014 by calling for a judicial review - a mechanism by which individual or institutions can challenge in court the lawfulness of decisions made by public bodies.

If the GTS is successful and a judicial review is granted by the courts, it could go ahead this year.

GTS is understood to be attempting to crowd-fund £35,000 to cover its initial legal costs.

Mark Taylor (right), Chief Executive of the Society of Homeopaths, said the process of accreditation with the PSA was a voluntary one which confirmed that the Society met the authority’s demanding standards in education and training, managing the members’ register, providing information, dealing with complaints, governance and setting standards.

"The PSA, an independent body accountable to Parliament, accredits a range of organisations in the health and social care sector to ensure their  own regulation processes are fit for purpose. Accreditation demonstrates commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service," he said.

"GTS is a body that often gets its facts wrong about homeopathy and there are also question marks over how it is funded. It has always opposed the idea of the credibility that PSA accreditation provides for homeopaths."

The Society will not be involved in any proceedings and will not incur costs, he added.

"But we will be giving the PSA all the support that we can to rebuff this challenge."

 

 
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Sceptics body the Good Thinking Society (GTS) is campaigning for a legal inquiry into the process of accreditation for the Society of Homeopaths.

The GTS wants to challenge the Professional Standards Authority’s (PSA) decision to reaccredit the Society since 2014 by calling for a judicial review – a mechanism by which individual or institutions can challenge in court the lawfulness of decisions made by public bodies.

If the GTS is successful and a judicial review is granted by the courts, it could go ahead this year.

GTS is understood to be attempting to crowd-fund £35,000 to cover its initial legal costs.

Mark Taylor (right), Chief Executive of the Society of Homeopaths, said the process of accreditation with the PSA was a voluntary one which confirmed that the Society met the authority’s demanding standards in education and training, managing the members’ register, providing information, dealing with complaints, governance and setting standards.

“The PSA, an independent body accountable to Parliament, accredits a range of organisations in the health and social care sector to ensure their  own regulation processes are fit for purpose. Accreditation demonstrates commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service,” he said.

“GTS is a body that often gets its facts wrong about homeopathy and there are also question marks over how it is funded. It has always opposed the idea of the credibility that PSA accreditation provides for homeopaths.”

The Society will not be involved in any proceedings and will not incur costs, he added.

“But we will be giving the PSA all the support that we can to rebuff this challenge.”

 

 

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