Appeal Policy

Last updated August 11, 2021

1. Background

This policy allows a candidate who has failed the NDHCE or whose result was nullified by the NDHCB an opportunity to request appeal the result. It also allows an applicant for an equivalency assessment the ability to appeal the decision rendered by the NDHCB. 

 

2. Grounds for Appeal

A candidate may appeal their NDHCE result (fail or null) only on the basis of suspected irregularities in the examination process (prior, during or after the exam). An appeal on the basis of process must present evidence that the alleged irregularities materially affected the candidate’s performance. The existence of irregularities, in and of itself, is not sufficient to change the result of the examination.

An applicant for an equivalency assessment may appeal their result if not successful.

 

The following are not grounds for appeal:

  • Because of alleged errors in content of the NDHCE or the data analysis that was conducted.

  • The content of the examination and/or the details of the data analysis are not subject to review at the request of a candidate or group of candidates.

3. Procedure

3.1 Appeal of NDHCE Result

A candidate who had an examination result nullified OR failed their exam may request an appeal to the NDHCB Board of Governors. This appeal must be sent in writing (email or mail) accompanied by the appropriate administrative fee. The appeal and fee must be received by the NDHCB within 30 calendar days of the candidate’s receipt of their examination result or rescore (if applicable).

 

The NDHCB will forward the appeal request and supporting documents to the NDHCB Board of Governors for its consideration. The Board of Governors will respond in writing to the candidate’s appeal with its decision within 45 calendar days of receipt of the candidate’s appeal letter.

 

3.2 Appeal of Equivalency Assessment Result

An applicant who had their equivalency assessment found to be not equivalent, and therefore is not eligible to write the NDHCE, may request an appeal to the NDHCB Board of Governors. This appeal must be sent in writing accompanied by the appropriate administrative fee. The appeal must be received by the NDHCB within 30 calendar days of the applicant's receipt of their equivalency assessment result.

The NDHCB will forward the appeal request and supporting documents to the NDHCB Board of Governors for its consideration. The Board of Governors will respond in writing to the applicant's appeal with its decision within 45 calendar days of receipt of the applicant's appeal letter.

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