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3. (1) Subject to and in accordance with such directions as the appropriate authority may give to the Authority(1), the Authority shall so as to promote or secure the effective provision of services under the Act perform such functions in connection with —
(a)collecting, screening, analysing, processing and supplying blood, blood products, plasma, stem cells and other tissues to the health service;
(b)the preparation of blood components and reagents;
(c)facilitating, providing and securing the provision of services to assist tissue and organ transplantation;
(d)such other functions,
as the appropriate authority may direct.
See, in particular, sections 16D, 17 and 18 of the National Health Service Act 1977 (c. 49); section 16D was inserted by section 12(1) of the 1999 Act and amended by sections 1(3), 3(1) and (2) of, and paragraphs 1 and 6(a) of Schedule 1 to, the 2002 Act; section 17 was inserted by section 12(1) of the 1999 Act and amended by section 67(1) of, and paragraph 5(1) and (3) of Schedule 5 to, the 2001 Act and section 1(3) of, and paragraphs 1 and 7 of Schedule 1 to, the 2002 Act; section 18 was amended by sections 2(1), 5(1) and 3(8) of, and paragraph 9(b) and (c)(ii) of Schedule 1 and Schedule 3 to, the 1995 Act, section 12(3) and (4) of the 1999 Act and sections 1(3), 3(1), (5)(a) and (b) and 37(2) of, and paragraphs 1 and 9 of Schedule 1 and Part 1 of Schedule 9 to, the 2002 Act.
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