4. Malpractice and maladministration 4.1 Malpractice
Malpractice means ‘any deliberate activity, neglect, default or other practice that compromises or could compromise the assessment process, the integrity of a qualification, the validity of a result or certificate, the reputation and credibility of NEBOSH, or the qualification or the wider qualifications community’.
Malpractice may also include a range of issues including the failure to maintain appropriate records or systems, deliberate falsification of records in order to claim certification and neglect of professional duty/unethical conduct. Failure by an accredited course provider to notify, investigate and report to NEBOSH allegations of suspected malpractice constitutes malpractice.
Also, failure to take action as required by NEBOSH, as detailed in this document, or failure to co-operate with NEBOSH’s investigation constitutes malpractice.
Cases of deliberate deception, trickery or cheating intended to gain advantage, including financial advantage may also be reportable as fraud. This can include cases where candidate resources are not as stated, candidates paying fees and not receiving certificates, or erratic internal assessment practice. Where there is evidence of deliberate fraud this will be reported to the police and regulatory authorities.
Maladministration means ‘any actions, neglect, default or other practice that compromises the accreditation or quality assurance process, including the integrity of accredited qualifications, the validity of certificates or the reputation and credibility of NEBOSH’.
For definition of other terms used in this document please see NEBOSH’s Glossary of Terms, available from the NEBOSH website: www.nebosh.org.uk.
4.3 Accredited course provider staff malpractice
‘Accredited course provider staff malpractice’ means malpractice committed by a member of staff at an accredited course provider, or an individual appointed in another capacity by an accredited course provider such as an invigilator, an oral language modifier, a practical assistant, a prompter, a reader, a sign language interpreter, or a scribe to a candidate.
Examples of accredited course provider staff malpractice are set out in Appendix 1. These examples are not an exhaustive list and as such do not limit the scope of the definitions set out in this document. Other instances of malpractice may be identified and considered by NEBOSH at its discretion.
4.4 Candidate malpractice
‘Candidate malpractice’ means malpractice by a candidate in the course of any examination or assessment, including the preparation and authentication of any controlled assessments, the presentation of any practical work and the writing of any question paper response.
Examples of candidate malpractice are set out in Appendix 1. These examples are not an exhaustive list and as such do not limit the scope of the definitions set out in this document.