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The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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Removal of accountable officers

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6.—(1) A designated body shall, having duly considered the matter, remove its accountable officer from office if—

(a)he no longer satisfies the conditions set out in regulation 5; or

(b)he is unfit to be an accountable officer.

(2) A designated body (or, in the case of a joint appointment, the designated bodies that made the joint appointment, acting jointly) shall adopt a procedure (which may be part of an internal disciplinary procedure) for consideration, where it is on notice that its accountable officer has breached his duties under these Regulations, or whether or not it needs to remove him under paragraph (1)(b).

(3) A person shall be presumed (unless the contrary is proved) to be unfit to be an accountable officer if he wilfully, negligently or through lack of competence breaches his duties as an accountable officer under these Regulations.

(4) This regulation is without prejudice to any other arrangements that a designated body (or, in the case of a joint appointment, the designated bodies that made the joint appointment, acting jointly) may have for removal of its accountable officer from office as part of the arrangements under which he is employed or engaged.

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