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Mediator Approval

Approval of entries on the Register, Removal of Mediators from the Register

The Users’ Committee will need to decide upon issues such as:
  • approval or rejection of an application by a mediator for an entry on the Register (based on whether a mediator satisfies the Criteria),
  • removal or non-renewal of a mediator’s entry on the Register (based on whether the Committee reaches the view that a serious complaint or complaints against the mediator is/are substantiated), and
  • other decisions to maintain the effective and reputable running of the Register in the best interests of the members of APIL, FOIL and MASS and of their clients.

The Users’ Committee shall appoint a sub-committee of any three of their number (except the Chair) to make such a decision. (The sub-committee may invite practising mediators (and / or other ADR experts) to sit with the sub-committee to provide technical advice but such advisers will not vote or take part in the sub-committee’s decision making.)

The Users’ Committee and any sub-committee appointed shall act fairly but, subject to that requirement and the procedure referred to below, shall have an absolute discretion when making such decisions.

Any person or organisation aggrieved by any sub-committee of the Users’ Committee shall have a right of appeal to the Chair of the Users’ Committee. The Chair shall act fairly but, subject to that requirement and the procedure referred to below, shall have an absolute discretion when determining such an appeal and his or her decision shall be final.

The procedure to be followed when decisions are made or appeals dealt with shall be prescribed by the Chair, and such procedure shall be fair and shall be proportionate, so far as possible given the resources at the disposal of the Committee, to the gravity of the matter in hand. For the avoidance of doubt decisions and appeals shall be decided on paper, not by oral hearing.



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