The Royal College of Nursing is seeking a Judicial Review of the vetting scheme launched in October 2009 on the grounds that it may breach the ECHR by denying nurses a fair hearing or right to appeal. The scheme is designed to prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. When fully operational all nurses, midwifes, nursing students and healthcare assistants will have to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, which will have the power to strike professionals off if found guilty of certain offences.