Search Legislation

The Medicines (Contact Lens Fluids and Other Substances) (Exemption from Licences) Order 1979

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Opening Options

 Help about opening options

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format. The electronic version of this UK Statutory Instrument has been contributed by Westlaw and is taken from the printed publication. Read more

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This order may be cited as the Medicines (Contact Lens Fluids and Other Substances) (Exemption from Licences) Order 1979 and shall come into operation on 1st January 1980.

(2) In this order, unless the context otherwise requires—

the Act” means the Medicines Act 1968;

contact lens” means any thin curved shell of glass, plastic or other hard or soft material intended for use by being applied to the human eyeball as a contact lens;

contact lens substance” means any substance for use in cleaning, disinfecting, irrigating, lubricating, wetting or storing any contact lens or blank from which the contact lens is to be prepared or any fluid in which such lens or blank is soaked or rinsed or any fluid used as a barrier between such lens or blank and the human eyeball or any other substance used in connection with the use of such lens or blank;

exemption” means an exemption under Article 2 of this order from the restriction on assembly imposed by section 8(2) of the Act; and

optician” means a person who is registered in either of the registers of ophthalmic opticians established and maintained under section 2(a) of the Opticians Act 1958.

(3) In this order, unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to a numbered Article is a reference to the Article of this order bearing that number and a reference in a paragraph of an Article of this order to a numbered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph of the Article bearing that number.

2.—(1) Subject to the provisions of Article 3, the restrictions on assembly imposed by section 8(2) of the Act (licences for manufacture or assembly) shall not apply to the assembly of a contact lens substance by a doctor, pharmacist or optician where the assembly consists only of labelling the container in which the substance is sold or supplied, before the substance is sold or supplied in it, and the conditions specified in paragraph (2) are fulfilled.

(2) The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) are that—

(a)the contact lens substance is to be sold or supplied by the doctor, pharmacist or optician who labels it in circumstances where he sells or supplies it for use by or on behalf of a particular person after being requested by or on behalf of that person in that person's presence to use his own judgment as to what substance is appropriate for the purpose for which it is required, and

(b)the doctor, pharmacist or optician who intends to carry out the assembly has given notice in writing to the licensing authority of his intention of labelling the containers of contact lens substances and has included in such notice particulars of—

(i)his name and address,

(ii)his professional qualifications,

(iii)the date from which he intends to commence such labelling, and

(iv)the premises at which such labelling will be carried out by him.

Coming into effect, duration and termination of exemptions

3.—(1) An exemption shall have effect from the date of the giving of a notice in accordance with Article 2(2)(b) and shall continue unless and until terminated by the licensing authority under the provisions of paragraph (2).

(2) The licensing authority may terminate an exemption either wholly or so far as it relates to one or more descriptions or classes of contact lens substances, by giving notice in writing to the doctor, pharmacist or optician concerned where—

(a)it appears to the licensing authority at any time on grounds of safety that that exemption should cease to have effect; or

(b)that doctor, pharmacist or optician has been requested in writing by the licensing authority to inform them in writing which descriptions or classes of contact lens substances he has assembled under an exemption and has failed so to inform them within 21 days of the date of such request or within such further time as the licensing authority may in a particular case allow.

(3) The date from which an exemption terminated by a notice under paragraph (2) shall cease to have effect shall be the date on which such notice is given or such later date as may be specified in the notice.

Amendment to the Medicines (Exemption from Licences) (Special and Transitional Cases) Order 1971

4.  In Article 1(2) of the Medicines (Exemption from Licences) (Special and Transitional Cases) Order 1971(1) in the definition of “medicinal product” for the words “paragraph 3” there shall be substituted the words “paragraphs 2 and 3”.

Amendment to the Medicines (Exemption from Licences) (Wholesale Dealing) Order 1972

5.  In Article 1(2) of the Medicines (Exemption from Licences) (Wholesale Dealing) Order 1972(2) in the definition of “medicinal product” for the words “paragraph 3” there shall be substituted the words “paragraphs 2 and 3”.

Amendment to the Medicines (Exemption from Licences) (Special Cases and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1972

6.  In Article 1(2) of the Medicines (Exemption from Licences) (Special Cases and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1972(3) in the definition of “medicinal product” for the words “paragraph 3” there shall be substituted the words “paragraphs 2 and 3”.

Patrick Jenkin

Secretary of State for Social Services

26th November 1979

Nicholas Edwards

Secretary of State for Wales

28th November 1979

George Younger

Secretary of State for Scotland

29th November 1979

In witness whereof the official seal of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is hereunto affixed on 30th November 1979.

L.S.

Peter Walker

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Sealed with the official seal of the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland this 28th day of November 1979.

L.S.

N. Dugdale

Permanent Secretary

Sealed with the official seal of the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland this 3rd day of December 1979.

L.S.

J.A. Young

Permanent Secretary

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources