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The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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24.—(1) For the purpose of ensuring that the EU Control Regulation, the EU Implementing Regulation and these Regulations are complied with, an authorised person may enter any premises (excluding any premises used only as a private dwelling house) at any reasonable hour.

(2) The authorised person may in relation to the power under paragraph (1)—

(a)be accompanied by such other persons as the authorised person considers necessary (including, where there is reasonable cause to anticipate any serious obstruction in the execution of the authorised person’s duty, a constable);

(b)take any equipment or materials required for any purpose for which the power of entry is being exercised;

(c)carry out any examination and investigation as may in the circumstances be necessary;

(d)as regards any premises which the authorised person has power to enter, direct that those premises, or part of them, are left undisturbed (whether generally or in particular respects) for so long as is reasonably necessary for the purpose of any examination or investigation under sub-paragraph (c);

(e)take such measurements and photographs and make such recordings as are considered necessary for the purpose of any examination or investigation under sub-paragraph (c);

(f)in the case of any articles or substances found in or on any premises which the authorised person has power to enter—

(i)take samples;

(ii)test any sample or subject any sample to any process, where it appears that it has or is likely to cause harm to human health or to the health of animals or plants;

(iii)take possession of any sample and retain it for so long as is necessary for any of the following purposes:—

(aa)to examine it and to exercise the power within paragraph (ii);

(bb)to ensure that it is not tampered with before examination of it is completed; and

(cc)to ensure that it is available for use as evidence in any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations;

(g)require the production of or, where the information is recorded in computerised form, the furnishing of extracts from, any records which it is necessary to see for the purposes of any examination or investigation under sub-paragraph (c) and to inspect and take copies of, or of any entry in, the records;

(h)require any person to afford such facilities and assistance with respect to any matters or things within that person’s control or in relation to which that person has responsibilities as are necessary to enable the authorised person to exercise any of the powers conferred on the authorised person by this regulation; or

(i)mark any animal or animal by-product as the authorised person considers necessary.

(3) Where an authorised person proposes to exercise the power in paragraph (2)(f)(ii) in the case of any article or substance found in or on any premises, the authorised person must—

(a)if so requested by a person who at the time is present and has responsibilities in relation to those premises, cause anything which is to be done by virtue of that power, to be done in that person’s presence; and

(b)consult such persons as appear to the authorised person appropriate for the purpose of ascertaining what dangers, if any, there may be in doing anything which is proposed under that power.

(4) Where an authorised person in respect of the power in paragraph (2)(f)(iii)—

(a)proposes to exercise that power, the authorised person must before taking possession, if it is practicable to do so, give to a responsible person at the premises a portion of the sample, marked in a manner sufficient to identify it; or

(b)exercises that power, the authorised person must leave a notice giving particulars of the article or substance sufficient to identify it and stating that possession has been taken under that power, such notice to be left either—

(i)with a responsible person; or

(ii)if that is impracticable, fixed in a conspicuous place at those premises.

(5) Nothing in this regulation compels the production by any person of information in respect of which a claim to confidentiality of communications could be maintained in legal proceedings.

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