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Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003

Searches and Samples

Section 41: Intimate searches

115.This section amends Article 56 of the 1989 Order (intimate searches) and confers the power to use reasonable force on doctors and nurses carrying out an intimate search, including a drug offence search.

Section 42: Intimate samples

116.Subsection (2) amends Article 62 of the 1989 Order (intimate samples). Its effect is that a an intimate sample other than a sample of urine or a dental impression (which may only be taken by a registered dentist) may be taken from a person by a registered health care professional as well as by a medical practitioner. Subsection (3) gives the definition of a registered health care professional as a registered nurse or a registered member of a health care profession designated by order made by the Secretary of State.

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