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Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Notifications for the purposes of Chapter IV of the Community TSE Regulation

78.—(1) A person who has in his possession or under his charge an animal suspected of being affected by a TSE and any veterinary surgeon or other person who, in the course of his duties, examines or inspects any such animal, shall, with all practicable speed, notify the fact to the Divisional Veterinary Officer or a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

(2) A person who has in his possession or under his charge on any premises an animal suspected of being affected by a TSE shall detain it on the premises until it has been examined by a veterinary inspector.

(3) A person who, in the course of a laboratory examination of the carcase of an animal or a sample from the carcase of an animal, reasonably suspects the presence of a TSE, shall –

(a)with all practicable speed, notify the fact to the Divisional Veterinary Officer;

(b)retain the sample examined and the remainder of the carcase until its disposal has been authorised by a veterinary inspector; and

(c)if required to do so by a veterinary inspector, surrender any samples, in whatever form, to such an inspector.

(4) Paragraph (3) shall not apply to any TSE which has been introduced deliberately into an animal, a carcase or a sample –

(a)in any laboratory; or

(b)on any premises, whether or not a laboratory, licensed by the Department under regulation 57.

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