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The Human Organ Transplants (Establishment of Relationship) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Human Organ Transplants (Establishment of Relationship) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 and shall come into operation on 21st December 1998.

(2) In these regulations–

“the Order” means the Human Organ Transplants (Northern Ireland) Order 1989;

“donor” means the living person from whom it is proposed to remove an organ with the intention that it be transplanted into another person and “recipient” means that other person;

“genetic tests” means tests based on DNA variations;

“tester” means a person who has been approved by the Department as competent both to specify and to interpret the results of genetic tests.

Establishment of genetic relationship

2.—(1) For the purposes of Article 4 of the Order, the means by which the fact of a genetic relationship between the donor and the recipient is to be established are genetic tests, subject to the conditions specified in paragraph (2).

(2) The conditions are that a tester shall–

(a)specify the genetic tests to be carried out on the donor and the recipient, and on such relatives of each of them as are available and willing to be tested and whom in the opinion of the tester it is necessary to test;

(b)interpret the results of all such genetic tests as are carried out; and

(c)state in writing whether or not he is satisfied that the claimed genetic relationship between the donor and the recipient is established.

Revocation

3.  The Human Organ Transplants (Establishment of Relationship) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1990(1) are hereby revoked.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health and Social Services on

L.S.

B. Grzymek

Assistant Secretary

9th November 1998.

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