The principles of the disciplinary liability of laboratory diagnosticians have been specified in chapter 7 (Article 56 et seq.) ofthe Act on laboratory diagnostics.
The bodies authorised to conduct disciplinary proceedings are:
Disciplinary Proceedings Representative, Disciplinary Committee, Higher Disciplinary Committee.
Notifications on professional misconducts can be directed to the Disciplinary Proceedings Representative. After examining the case the proceedings representative decides whether the case should be directed to the Disciplinary Committee.
The disciplinary penalties are:
- suspension of the right to practise the profession of a laboratory diagnostician for a period of 12 months to 5 years;
- deprivation of the right to practise the profession of a laboratory diagnostician.
The principle of mutual independence applies when conducting proceedings related to the disciplinary liability of laboratory diagnosticians as well as criminal and disciplinary liability. This means that regardless of the proceedings pending before the self-government bodies, the injured party or – in the case of acts for whose perpetration the diagnostician is prosecuted ex officio – the prosecutor can appeal to hold a diagnostician who committed malpractice when performing diagnosis liable for criminal offence, which will be ruled by the Common Court. The aggrieved/injured party may also claim compensation or remedy for the suffered damage (harm) in civil proceedings.
The National Council of Laboratory Diagnosticians keeps the register of the punished laboratory diagnosticians.