Amendment of articles to exclude application of model articles

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Apr 112012

(posted by Susan Iwanek)

The written resolution to make this amendment, sent out in mid-February with a request for the agreement of panels by mid-March, has been successfully carried. We needed 75% of member panels to agree, and when the deadline was reached 83% had given their assent.

The amended articles of association have been lodged with the Charity Commission and with Companies House, and are available on Remapedia. A paper copy can be sent on request.

Many thanks to panels for their support in this matter.

Rollator Brake adjustment – MHRA Alert.

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Jul 282011

The MHRA have issued an alert for Roma rollator models 2320, 2340, 2462 and 2463 with serial numbers beginning TVD1002 & TVD1003. The alert concerns fitting of brake extension handles to ensure the brakes meet the standard required for the force needed to lock them. Although not of direct interest to panels we often get involved with Rollators so it is worth knowing about this alert which can be found at :-

The Medical Devices Regulations and Remap

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Mar 122011

For some time now how the Medical Devices regulations 2002 (SI 2002/618) affects Remap jobs has been unclear.  Following on from a recent interpretation of the meaning of the key phrase “place on the market”  of the same phrase in the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/1803) it is now our belief that because Remap never charges clients for devices we make the Medical Devices Regulations do not apply to any work done by Remap.

Latest (Jun 2010) News on the Vetting and Barring Scheme

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Jun 152010

Having spent the best part of a weekend trying to understand the latest ISA “Guidance” document and update the appropriate chapter for the Ops Manual the news today that the government have halted progress of the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) was greeted with mixed feelings!

The VBS will now be reviewed and the need for new volunteers to register from Nov of this year is no more.  Further information will appear here as we know more.  However, do remember that certain bits of associated legislation introduced in Oct 09 remain in force.   In particular :-

A person who is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults will be breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups.

If Remap knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups we will also be breaking the law.

If Remap dismisses a volunteer (or they leave)  because they have harmed a child or vulnerable adult we must tell the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

It is also still possible for local authorities to insist upon CRB checks being carried out on Panel members if the Panel does work for the LA or accepts grants from it.  They shouldn’t, as Remap work is not a “Regulated Activity” as defined by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.  However,  some do.

Feb 202010

A proportion of Remap tasks involve the making or modification of “Medical Devices” as defined by the Medical Devices Regulations.  From time to time the MHRA, who are responsible for regulating medical devices, post information of interest to Remap.  If they do we will publicise it here.

ISA – Introduction

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Feb 062010

The introduction of the ISA continues onwards.  The latest (Dec 09) pronouncements appear to take Remap out of the legislative need to register all members however local authorities may still require this for Panels or individuals working with them.  There is somewhat of a lack of guidance from the ISA on the whole issue and all we can say at the moment is “watch this space”. 

Currently it seems the most probable outcome will be that there will be no blanket requirement for all Remap members to be ISA registered however :-

  1. Some members may in their work with Remap exceed the statutory contact limits.  They will need to ensure that if it looks as if this might happen they register with the ISA or make sure they alter their contact arrangements to avoid exceeding the limits.
  2. Local Authorities are unfortunately quite likely to impose more restrictive conditions than the law requires and insist upon registration of individuals in organisations they work with even when it is not otherwise necessary.  Regrettably they are perfectly entitled to do this under the current safeguarding legislation.  This would not necessarily mean every member of a Panel which works with such an authority requiring registration but those working on jobs arising out of LA tasking would require to be registered. 

Incidentally the ISA scheme does not altogether replace the existing CRB checks which will still continue to be available.  It is possible some Panels will come across particularly risk averse local authorities or other quangos/public bodies who will require both ISA registration and enhanced CRB checks.  Most of the ISA guidance still refers to the October rules and take no account of the changes made in December.  Until some of these documents are amended we can do little more than wait.

We are continuing to investigate how HQ can help with registration if it is needed because although the checks themselves are free to volunteers they must be done through “umbrella bodies” who often charge an administration fee of £15-£25 per application. 

Regulatory and Legal – Introduction

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Jan 292010

This section is a general discussion of regulatory and legal matters which may affect Remap.  It doesn’t replace the Operations manual and is meant to give indications of what may affect us in the future.