This update considers the impact of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) current moratorium on extending appointments of Appointed Doctors and providing temporary cover when an Appointed Doctor is away from their duties for a prolonged period.
Established Appointed Doctors can extend their appointment to include additional regulations and/or a new company. The moratorium does not prevent this. If you wish to extend your appointment, you should submit the following information to the relevant HSE office:
On receipt of the required information, an HSE Medical Inspector will decide whether the additional appointment is necessary and may contact you to discuss it further. If appropriate, HSE will issue you with an amended Certificate of Appointment and/or a new Schedule.
If you require short-term assistance because of holidays or other protracted absence, a temporary appointment may be required until you can resume your duties. To request a temporary appointment, you should seek an established Appointed Doctor for the relevant regulations and submit their name and PIN Number to the relevant HSE office for verification. An HSE Medical Inspector will then decide whether to agree the temporary appointment.
You can submit the name of an Appointed Doctor even if they are not appointed to the specific regulations for which you require temporary cover. HSE will consider extending the appointment accordingly. If such an extension is required for the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999, HSE will require a copy of a current training certificate to confirm the proposed Appointed Doctor has undertaken an ionising radiation training course. An HSE Medical Inspector will decide whether to agree the temporary appointment. If appropriate, HSE will issue the Appointed Doctor with an amended Certificate of Appointment.