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MedCo Confirms Position re. Multiple Registration Applications – 9th September 2016

As currently worded, MedCo does not consider that the qualifying criteria, set by government in early 2015, allow it to refuse applications for multiple Tier 2 MRO registrations.  Legal advice taken by the MedCo Board in an attempt to address this issue confirmed the position.  

On 16 July 2015 the Ministry of Justice [MoJ] issued a Call for Evidence as part of a review of the qualifying criteria and other matters. Following this it announced on 29 March 2016 that it would put in place new qualifying criteria and a new definition of an MRO to prevent this practice and facilitate the removal of all “multiple registered” Tier 2 MROs from the system. 

When the MoJ publishes the revised qualifying criteria, which will address the problem of multiple registrations, the MedCo Board will take steps to apply the new policy.  Organisations that clearly do not meet the new definition of an MRO and fulfil the new qualifying criteria will be suspended from the system and made non-operational.  A full audit programme will follow to ensure all remaining MROs comply with the new criteria.

In these circumstances, and in accordance with the terms of the agreements signed by those companies, registration fees will not be refunded.  MedCo has repeatedly made the MRO community aware of this impending action and continues to warn MROs applying to make multiple registrations.

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MedCo Publishes Annual Report & Accounts - 11th August 2016

MedCo has published its Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period ended 31/12/2015.  A copy of the Annual Report is available here.  A copy of the filed audited accounts is available here.

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MedCo Reinforces Notification re. Multiple Registration Applications – 3rd August 2016

MedCo is continuing to receive multiple registration applications for non-HVN MROs, despite the stated intention to remove ‘shell companies’ from the system when the MoJ publishes its new definition of an MRO and related qualifying criteria. 

MedCo reinforces its earlier notifications stating that in these circumstances related to MoJ policy implementation, and in accordance with the terms of the agreement that applicants are required to sign, registration fees will not be refunded.

Any individual or company making, or considering making, multiple registration applications should refer to the website notification posted on 20th May 2016.  

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MedCo Announces Deadline for Uploading Case Data – 25th July 2016

MedCo has contacted MROs and Direct Medical Experts to inform them that on completion of a medical report, case data must be uploaded to the MedCo system within a maximum period of six months from the date of their selection by the instructing party. 

Full details of the information required to be uploaded can be found in the Data Validation Rules document located on the MedCo website.

Having analysed management information, MedCo is additionally in the process of communicating directly with specific MROs and Direct Medical Experts regarding their failure to upload medical case data.   

MROS and Direct Medical Experts are required to upload medical case data as part of the MedCo Data Contributor Agreement. Organisations and experts found to be in breach of the Agreement may be subject to enforcement action.

The information required to be uploaded does not constitute personal data within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1998 and therefore no consent is required. For a summary of Counsel advice received on this matter please Click Here

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Important Reminder re. “Financial Instrument/Bond” Requirements – 24th May 2016

MROs are reminded that any “financial instrument/bond” cannot name MedCo as the beneficiary.  MedCo is communicating with MROs as applicable, to advise them of this condition and to inform them that they are required to make alternative arrangements. 

Further information on “financial instrument/bond” requirements can be found here

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Notification on Multiple Registrations/Shell Companies - 20th May 2016

The MedCo Board anticipates that all “multiple registered” non-HVN MROs will be made non-operational and removed from the MedCo system when the Ministry of Justice implements its new policy on multiple registrations and the new definition of an MRO.   In these circumstances, and in accordance with the terms of the agreements signed by those companies, registration fees will not be refunded.

Any individual or company currently considering making multiple applications, prior to implementation of the new MoJ policy, is advised to take particular note of this notification.  MedCo will be communicating with all MROs as applicable, to advise them of these potential policy implications. 

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MedCo is the new system to facilitate the sourcing of medical reports in soft tissue injury claims brought under the MoJ’s Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents.

The new system went live on 6th April 2015. Medical Experts, MROs and Commissioners of Medical Reports must register via this website in order to be able to provide or commission medico-legal reports in relation to RTA soft tissue injury claims.

Please take the time to explore the website to familiarise yourself with how the new system will work, user updates, and your registration requirements depending on whether you are a Medical Expert, MRO or Commissioner of Medical Reports


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