Sampling and analysis by persons other than local authorities
21.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a local authority may enter into arrangements with–
(a)a relevant person for the taking and analysis of samples in accordance with these Regulations on behalf of, but at no expense to, the authority; or
(b)any other person for the analysis of samples in accordance with these Regulations on behalf of the authority (whether or not involving the authority in expense).
(2) A local authority shall only enter into arrangements under paragraph (1) if it is satisfied that the tasks will be carried out by, or under the supervision of, a person competent to perform them and otherwise in accordance with these Regulations.
(3) Arrangements under paragraph (1)(a) shall include a requirement for the results of any analysis to be sent to the local authority as soon as they are available.