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Edinburgh Assay Office Order Confirmation Act 1996

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4(1)In addition to the functions which it has from time to time as an assay office, the Incorporation shall have power, in any part of the world—

(a)to undertake the provision of analytical services in relation to materials or articles of any kind, by means of chemical analysis or physical examination or testing or by any other method which is appropriate in the circumstances;

(b)to undertake investigation of the properties of materials or articles of any kind, their behaviour or likely behaviour under particular conditions, and their suitability for particular purposes;

(c)to undertake the examination of articles of any kind for the purpose of discovering whether and to what extent they comply with standards or other criteria which are published or have been made known to the Incorporation;

(d)to undertake the investigation of firms, corporate bodies or other persons, or of systems, documentation, programmes or procedures, for the purpose of discovering whether and to what extent they comply with standards or other criteria which are published or have been made known to the Incorporation;

(e)to undertake the valuation, on any basis and for any purpose, of materials or articles of any kind;

(f)to undertake the purchase or other acquisition, and the selling or other disposal, of metals or other materials;

(g)to undertake any other activities of a kind which the Incorporation may consider similar to, or suitable to be carried on with, the activities mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (f) above;

(h)to undertake or instigate, or join in undertaking or instigating, and to meet or contribute towards the cost of, research into, and the provision (including manufacture) and development of, plant, equipment, technology, methodology (including systems, procedures and computer and other programmes) and materials for use in, or in connection with, any of the foregoing activities; and

(i)to undertake, or join in undertaking, the marketing of, and the provision of maintenance, advisory, technical or other services in relation to, any plant, equipment, technology, methodology (including systems, procedures and computer and other programmes) and materials or articles of any kind used or capable of use in, or in connection with—

(i)any of the activities mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (g) above, or

(ii)any of the activities carried on in the course of the business of an assay office.

(2)The Incorporation may do anything which is calculated to facilitate or is incidental or conducive to the activities mentioned in subsection (1) above and (without prejudice to that generality) shall in particular have power—

(a)to issue certificates as to the results of any analysis, examination, test or investigation carried out under subsection (1) above;

(b)to provide advisory and supervisory services and to provide expert evidence for the purpose of legal or other proceedings;

(c)to make members of its staff available to advise on, or participate in, the formulation of standards or criteria of the kind referred to in paragraphs (c) and (d) of subsection (1) above;

(d)to register, maintain, protect and enforce in any part of the world intellectual property rights, including patents, trade marks and other marks, and to authorise the use of such intellectual property on such lawful terms and conditions as it sees fit;

(e)to promote or establish, or join in promoting or establishing, or to acquire interests in and take part in the management of, bodies corporate or unincorporate in any part of the world, having as their object, or as a main object, the carrying on of any or all of the activities mentioned in subsection (1) above;

(f)out of the income or other monies derived from such activities, to remunerate all or any of the members who for the time being constitute the Incorporation for work done or time spent in that capacity in connection with those activities (this power being without prejudice to the power given by article 8 (9) of the Order of 1979, and extended by section 5 (2) (Application of existing enactments) of this Order, to pay any member who may also be the Deacon or another of the wardens for services rendered in his capacity as such); and

(g)to receive grants and to accept gifts of money or other property to be used in meeting its expenses in connection with, or in furthering, any or all of such activities.

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