GPhC to start anonymising fitness to practise case papers to minimise unconscious bias during its fitness to practise decision-making.

C+D reported that the GPhC stated in council papers published ahead said:

“The project will redact only information relating to ethnicity, including a person’s name, place of birth, religion and university studied at, all of which could inform panellists of the likely ethnicity of the professional,” the GPhC wrote.

The regulator is allocating “significant resources” to this project, of which the IC is supportive, it added.

The investigators consider around 70 cases a year, with individual cases sometimes involving “thousands” of pages of documentation, according to the regulator.

“Further engagement work will take place with the IC around sharing the final redaction criteria and project framework before the project goes live in October. Its impact will be assessed on a monthly basis, with a more comprehensive review after six months,” the GPhC wrote in the papers.

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