01 May, 2015
From April 6 2015, initial medical reports in soft tissue injury claims brought under the MoJ's Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents must be sourced via a new IT portal called MedCo Registration Solutions, which will enable users to search for individual experts or medical reporting organisations. One of the purposes of the system is to ensure claimant representatives do not have any direct financial links with MROs and medical experts.
Medical Experts, MROs and Commissioners of Medical Reports must register via the Medco website in order to be able to provide or commission medico-legal reports in relation to RTA soft tissue injury claims. Any appropriately registered MRO or qualified medical expert will be able to register with MedCo, but it will no longer be possible for those commissioning reports to appoint an individual or organisation with which they have a financial link.
The MedCo portal will return a choice of randomly generated results and the user can select which medical expert or MRO they instruct.
With effect from 1 January 2016 medical experts must be accredited by MedCo in order to provide the initial fixed cost medical report in a soft tissue injury claim.