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Hearing aid dispenser (United Kingdom)

  • Generic name of profession

    Title:
    Hearing aid dispenser / audiometric technician
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Hearing aid dispenser
    Translation(s):
    Hearing aid dispenser (EN)
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Region:
    All regions
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

     
    EU Law :
    Other  

    Directive 2005/36/EC

    National legislation:

    Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001

    Useful link:
    http://www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/legislation/

    Regulation

     
    Type of regulation :
    Reserves of activities and protected title

    Recognition

     
    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    PS3 - Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years) , Art. 11 d
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
    No
    Prior check of qualifications only for individual professionals not benefiting from automatic recognition:
    No
  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    Hearing aid dispensers work in private practice to assess, fit and provide aftercare for hearing aids. Protected titles: Hearing aid dispenser. Regulation of hearing aid dispensers in the UK includes both a protection of title and protection of function. This means that the following tasks are ‘controlled acts’ which only a registered hearing aid dispenser can perform: assessing or testing a person’s hearing; or prescribing a hearing aid for a person with a view to a hearing aid being supplied to or provided for that person by way of retail, sale or hire. Only someone registered as a hearing aid dispenser can perform these controlled acts. Any individual not registered with the HCPC as a hearing aid dispenser, even if they are registered as another profession, could be committing a criminal act if they perform them.

    Translation(s):

    Hearing aid dispensers work in private practice to assess, fit and provide aftercare for hearing aids. Protected titles: Hearing aid dispenser. Regulation of hearing aid dispensers in the UK includes both a protection of title and protection of function. This means that the following tasks are ‘controlled acts’ which only a registered hearing aid dispenser can perform: assessing or testing a person’s hearing; or prescribing a hearing aid for a person with a view to a hearing aid being supplied to or provided for that person by way of retail, sale or hire. Only someone registered as a hearing aid dispenser can perform these controlled acts. Any individual not registered with the HCPC as a hearing aid dispenser, even if they are registered as another profession, could be committing a criminal act if they perform them.

    (EN)
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