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Revised Declaration made by new Members

The College was named in the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 as a public authority with a 'General Duty'. The 'General Duty' requires specified organisations to 'eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, and promote good relations between persons of different racial groups'.

In accordance with this requirement, and in keeping with the College's proactive race relations strategy, additions have been made to the Declaration made by new Members. This now requires Members to pledge to practise in accordance with the recently revised Good Psychiatric Practice guidance, and to express a commitment to the elimination of unlawful discrimination, the promotion of equality of opportunity, and the promotion of good race relations:

This amendment to the College's Bye-Laws was approved by Council and the AGM in 2005, and by the Privy Council in August 2005.

Revised Declaration contained in section 2 of the Bye-Laws:

2. Members of the College shall upon their election as such, sign a Declaration as follows:

'I solemnly affirm that I shall promote the objects of the Royal College of Psychiatrists to the best of my ability. l admit that I am bound by its Charter and Bye-Laws for the time being in force.

I promise to obey these, and Regulations made thereunder, in spirit as well as in the letter, submitting myself to the lawful authority of the Central Executive Committee. l pledge myself, in the practice of Psychiatry, ever to have regard to the highest standards of professional service to patients, as set out in the College's Guidance on Good Psychiatric Practice, and to the honour of the College.

I am committed to the elimination of unlawful discrimination, the promotion of equality of opportunity, and the promotion of good race relations."

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