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The Genetically Modified Organisms (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

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Prohibition notices

7.—(1) The Department may serve a notice under this Article (a “prohibition notice”) on any person it has reason to believe—

(a)is proposing to import or acquire, release or market any genetically modified organisms; or

(b)is keeping any such organisms;

if it is of the opinion that doing any such act in relation to those organisms or continuing to keep them, as the case may be, would involve a risk of causing damage to the environment.

(2) A prohibition notice may prohibit a person from doing an act mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) in relation to any genetically modified organisms or from continuing to keep them.

(3) A prohibition notice shall—

(a)state that the Department is, in relation to the person on whom it is served, of the opinion mentioned in paragraph (1);

(b)specify what is, or is to be, prohibited by the notice; and

(c)if the prohibition is not to be effective on being served, specify the date on which the prohibition is to take effect;

and a notice may be served on a person notwithstanding that he may have a consent authorising any act which is, or is to be, prohibited by the notice.

(4) Where a person is prohibited by a prohibition notice from continuing to keep any genetically modified organisms, he shall dispose of them as quickly and safely as practicable or, if the notice so provides, as may be specified in the notice.

(5) The Department may at any time withdraw a prohibition notice served on any person by notice given to that person.

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