SPECIALISTS ACCREDITATION BOARD
—(1) There shall be a board to be known as the Specialists Accreditation Board (referred to in this Part as the Board) consisting of not less than 8 registered medical practitioners to be appointed by the Minister.
(2) The chairman of the Board shall be appointed by the Minister from among its members.
(3) The chairman and members of the Board shall be appointed for a term not exceeding 3 years but may from time to time be reappointed and may at any time be removed from office by the Minister.
(4) If any member of the Board dies, resigns or is removed from office, the Minister may fill the vacancy by the appointment of a registered medical practitioner and every person so appointed shall hold office for the residue of the term for which his predecessor was appointed.
(5) The powers of the Board shall not be affected by any vacancy in the membership thereof.
(6) At any meeting of the Board, 3 members shall form a quorum.
(7) At any meeting of the Board, the chairman shall preside and in his absence the members present shall elect one of their members to preside at the meeting.
(8) If on any question to be determined by the Board there is an equality of votes, the chairman or the member presiding at the meeting shall have a casting vote.
(9) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board may determine its own procedure.
(10) The Board may appoint one or more committees consisting of such members as it thinks fit to assist the Board in carrying out its functions under this Act.
—(1) The functions of the Board shall be —
to determine the qualifications, experience and other conditions for registration as specialists under this Act;
to define specialties in medicine for the purposes of maintaining and keeping the Register of Specialists;
to determine the training programmes to be recognised for persons who intend to qualify for registration as specialists under this Act;
to grant to persons who have the qualifications or experience and who meet the conditions for registration as specialists under this Act certificates to that effect;
to recommend to the Medical Council programmes for the continuing medical education of persons who are registered as specialists under this Act; and
to advise the Medical Council on matters affecting or connected with the registration of specialists under this Act.
(1A) The Board may further subdivide the specialties in medicine into further classes of sub-specialties and this section shall apply, with the necessary modifications, to such sub-specialties.
(1B) A reference in this Act to a specialty shall be construed as including a reference to a sub-specialty.
(2) Any person who desires to have a certificate from the Board to certify that he has the qualifications or experience and who meet the conditions for registration as specialists under this Act may apply to the Board.
(3) Any person who is aggrieved by the refusal of the Board to grant the certificate may, within one month of the notice of the refusal, appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.