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Consultation responses

CMF regularly makes submissions to Government and other consultations on issues of ethical importance. All of our submissions are accessible here, along with some briefing notes from us or trusted others to help you think through the issues involved. If you're unsure how to complete a consultation, this quick guide should help you get started.


The Scottish Government has introduced draft legislation to change the system through which transgender people can gain legal recognition in Scotland.

The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill will amend the existing Gender Recognition Act 2004 to introduce new criteria for applicants who wish to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). When a trans person obtains a GRC, it means they are legally recognised in their acquired gender and can obtain a new birth certificate stating that gender.

The key differences between the current grounds and procedure and those provided for in the Bill are:

  • the removal of the requirement for an applicant to have or have had gender dysphoria (and, correspondingly, the removal of the requirement for an applicant to provide medical reports with their application),
  • the removal of the Gender Recognition Certificate from the process, with applications instead being made to the Registrar General for Scotland ("the Registrar General"),
  • a reduction in the period for which an applicant must have lived in their acquired gender before submitting an application from 2 years to 3 months,
  • the introduction of a mandatory 3 month reflection period and a requirement for the applicant to confirm after the end of that period that they wish to proceed with the application before the application can be determined,
  • the introduction of a new duty placed on the Registrar General to report, on an annual basis, the number of applications for Gender Recognition Certificates made, and the number of certificates granted.

The consultation period closes on 16 May. CMF will be responding to the consultation but personal submissions for members are also encouraged.

The Bill can be found here: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill (parliament.scot).

Explanatory notes here: Explanatory Notes (parliament.scot)

The link to the online response form here: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill - Scottish Parliament - Citizen Space


Good medical practice: public consultation on our core guidance on professional standards. Survey for organisations and individuals acting in a professional capacity

Closing date is 20 July 2022

Consultation documents are here: Good medical practice: public consultation on our core guidance on professional standards. Survey for organisations and individuals acting in a professional capacity Consultation (smartconsultations.co.uk)

There are different options available for responding to the consultation. Healthcare professionals can complete a survey that should take no longer than 30 mins. This avoids having to review the full updated guidance. Relevant changes are in the introductory text to each section of the survey.

There is also the option for patients, carers, relatives of patients and members of the public, as well as patient networks and groups with experience of the issues or views on what good medical practice should involve.

CMF will be making a submission but we encourage members to do so in their own right.



Changes to the MCA Code of Practice and implementation of the LPS - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The Liberty Protections Safeguards were introduced in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019. The UK government is now consulting on 6 sets of draft regulations which will underpin the new system. When enacted, 4 of these sets of regulations would apply in England only. The remaining 2 sets of regulations would apply to both England and Wales.

The Consultation documents can be found at: Changes to the MCA Code of Practice and implementation of the LPS: consultation document - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The consultation period closes on 7 July 2022


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