Suspension of registration and the urgent procedure for suspension: guidance for registered persons

Document type
Guidance note
Corporate author(s)
Care Quality Commission
Care Quality Commission
Date of publication
28 May 2010
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This guidance explains the principles and practice involved when Care Quality Commission (CQC) suspend a provider's or manager's registration.  CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.  CQC can suspend a registration or, where a serious risk of harm is identified, urgently suspend a registration.  This document outlines the reasons and process for both non-urgent and urgent suspensions.  Reasons for suspension can include failure to comply with relevant requirements or conditions; non-payment of fees; conviction of a relevant offence and bankruptcy. Urgent procedures, which take immediate effect, can be used where there is clear evidence that the way a service is being carried on or managed exposes any person to risk of harm.  This is a very serious step, with a high impact on service users and providers, and is only used when absolutely necessary.

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