301. Initial consideration and referral of allegations.

An allegation1 must initially be considered by the registrar2. The registrar may, before deciding whether to refer an allegation, carry out any such investigations as in his opinion are appropriate to the consideration of: (1) whether or not the allegation falls within the Medical Act 19833; (2) the practitioner's fitness to practise4; or (3) whether it is in the public interest to proceed5. Where the registrar considers that the allegation falls within the Medical Act 1983, he must refer the matter to a medical6 and a lay7 case examiner8 for consideration9. Where the registrar considers that an allegation does