§ 6.56. Petition to terminate approval as a certifying organization.
(a) The Commonwealth may file a petition to terminate approval as a certifying organization for any one of the following reasons:
(1) Upon information and belief that the certifying organization has failed to satisfy the conditions of § 6.55(b) (relating to order granting an application for approval as a certifying organization).
(2) Upon information and belief that the order granting the application for approval as a certifying organization was granted based upon a misrepresentation of a material fact by the applicant which neither the Board nor the Commonwealth knew or had reason to know at the time the order was issued.
(3) Upon information and belief that:
(i) The certifying organization has terminated its existence.
(ii) The certifying organization has ceased to be qualified to do business in this Commonwealth.
(iii) The certifying organization has ceased to offer its certification to residents of this Commonwealth.
(b) A petition to terminate approval as a certifying organization must include:
(1) A copy of any writing upon which the petition is based.
(2) A notice to plead demanding an answer to the allegations of the petition, and advising the certifying organization of its rights under 2 Pa.C.S. § § 501508 and 701704 (relating to the Administrative Agency Law) and 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure).
(3) If the Commonwealth requests immediate suspension of the certifying organizations approval, the petition must include allegations demonstrating an immediate risk of harm to the public or persons holding certification from the respondent certifying organization.
(c) Within 20 days of service of the petition to terminate approval as a certifying organization, the certifying organization shall file a written answer to the petition admitting or denying each allegation and setting forth any affirmative defenses.
(d) Upon close of the pleadings, the Board will issue an order scheduling the matter for a hearing at the next available regularly scheduled board meeting, or delegate the matter to a hearing examiner.
(e) If the Board grants the petition to terminate approval as a certifying organization, the Board may, if otherwise authorized by statute, levy the costs of investigation upon the certifying organization.
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