Primary and Final FRCA examinations regulations
Section 13: Equality and Diversity
Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
In the exercising of its duties when carrying out examinations in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, Section 149(1) (the Act), the Royal College of Anaesthetists gives due regard to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
- advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
- foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
In its regard for these duties the College also aims to meet all areas of the College Equal Opportunity Policy 2014 to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to demonstrate their ability and that no one is treated less favourably than another on grounds of race, disability, sex, transgender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or pregnancy and maternity.
To ensure compliance with the Act and as part of the College Equal Opportunity Policy 2014, the College monitors exam results in relation to the candidate population.
All examiners and exams staff undertake regular exam specific equality and diversity training.
The College considers reasonable adjustments for exam candidates with a disability as set out in Section 9 paragraph 30 and Appendix 3 of these Regulations. Special arrangements for pregnancy and temporary medical conditions are set out in Section 9 and Appendix 3 of these regulations.
Equality Analysis (EA)
Equality analysis is an integral part of examination policy, content and practice development. The College carries out objective, evidence based equality analysis when making decisions relating to exam changes, policies, question writing and practices. This ensures that full consideration is given to the effect that such decisions may have on the fairness of the exam and aims to prevent discrimination, promote diversity and inclusivity for all groups of people.