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13.1.1 SOPs not binding in DRCA cases


Although the SOPs are binding on VEA and MRCA delegates, they have no legal standing under the DRCA.  Nonetheless, SRCA delegates are advised that the SOPs can provide useful information about the aetiology (causation) of various medical conditions.  If referring to any SOP condition for DRCA purposes, it is important to remember that it is the BOP SOP – which applies to peacetime service – that must be used.   Although the SOPs can be a useful guide when making a determination under DRCA, they should never be the sole consideration, particularly where injuries or temporary aggravations are concerned.