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Brucellosis (Examination and Testing) Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2004

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Examination and official tests

2.—(1) The Department may, for the purposes of this Scheme, require an authorised officer to carry out such examination or official test as it may determine in relation to an animal kept on a holding and upon being so required that officer –

(a)shall carry out that examination or official test; and

(b)may carry out such further examinations or official tests and may take such further steps as he thinks fit to establish whether any animal on the holding is affected with disease.

(2) Where an authorised officer has taken a sample from an animal during the course of an official test under paragraph (1) he shall submit the sample to an approved laboratory in accordance with the instructions of the Department.

(3) Where a sample has been submitted to an approved laboratory in accordance with paragraph (2) the person in charge of that laboratory shall –

(a)subject the sample or cause it to be subjected to such tests as the Department shall specify for the presence of disease; and

(b)notify the Department and the keeper of the animal, without delay, of the results of such tests.

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