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Disability Discrimination Act 1995

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[F114AQualifications bodies: discrimination and harassmentN.I.

(1)It is unlawful for a qualifications body to discriminate against a disabled person –

(a)in the arrangements which it makes for the purpose of determining upon whom to confer a professional or trade qualification;

(b)in the terms on which it is prepared to confer a professional or trade qualification on him;

(c)by refusing or deliberately omitting to grant any application by him for such a qualification; or

(d)by withdrawing such a qualification from him or varying the terms on which he holds it.

(2)It is also unlawful for a qualifications body, in relation to a professional or trade qualification conferred by it, to subject to harassment a disabled person who holds or applies for such a qualification.

(3)In determining for the purposes of subsection (1) whether the application by a qualifications body of a competence standard to a disabled person constitutes discrimination within the meaning of section 3A, the application of the standard is justified for the purposes of section 3A(1)(b) if, but only if, the qualifications body can show that –

(a)the standard is, or would be, applied equally to persons who do not have his particular disability; and

(b)its application is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3) –

(a)section 3A(2) (and (6)) does not apply; and

(b)section 3A(4) has effect as if the reference to section 3A(3) were a reference to subsection (3) of this section.

(5)In this section and section 14B –

  • qualifications body” means any authority or body which can confer a professional or trade qualification, but it does not include –

    (a)

    a board;

    (b)

    the Board of Governors of a grant-aided school;

    (c)

    the proprietor of an independent school;

    (d)

    the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools;

    (e)

    the governing body of a university;

    (f)

    the governing body of an instutution of further education;

    (g)

    the managers of a college of education;

    (h)

    the governing body of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise;

  • confer” includes renew or extend;

  • professional or trade qualification” means an authorisation, qualification, recognition, registration, enrolment, approval or certification which is needed for, or facilitates engagement in, a particular profession or trade;

  • competence standard” means an academic, medical or other standard applied by or on behalf of a qualifications body for the purpose of determining whether or not a person has a particular level of competence or ability.

(6)Words and expressions used in the definition of “qualifications body”in subsection (5) to which a meaning is assigned by Article 2(2) of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 F2 have the same meaning as in that Order.]

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E1This section extends to Northern Ireland only; a separate s. 14A for England, Wales and Scotland only repealed (1.10.2010).

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F1Ss. 13-14D and cross-headings substituted for ss. 13-15 (N.I.) (21.2.2004 for certain purposes and 1.10.2004 otherwise) by The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (S.I. 2004/55), regs. 1(2)(3), 13

F2Relevant amending Orders are S.I. 1989/2406 (N.I. 20), S.I. 1993/2810 (N.I. 12), S.I. 1996/274 (N.I. 1) and S.I. 1997/1772 (N.I. 15)

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