Search Legislation

The Abortion (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

Welsh Statutory Instruments

2002 No. 2879 (W.275)

MEDICAL PROFESSION, WALES

The Abortion (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002

Made

20th November 2002

Coming into force

17th December 2002

The National Assembly for Wales in exercise of the powers conferred upon it by section 2 of the Abortion Act 1967 (1) hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement, interpretation and application

1.—(1) These regulations may be cited as the Abortion (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002, and shall come into force on the 17 December 2002.

(2) In these Regulations, “the principal Regulations” means the Abortion Regulations 1991(2).

(3) These Regulations apply to Wales only.

Amendment of regulation 2

2.  For regulation 2 (interpretation ) of the principal Regulations substitute—

2.  In these Regulations—

the Act” means the Abortion Act 1967;

“electronic communication” has the same meaning as in section 15 of the Electronic Communications Act 2000(3);

“practitioner” means a registered medical practitioner;

“solicitor” means a person qualified to act as a solicitor as provided by section 1 of the Solicitors Act 1974.(4)

Amendment of regulation 3

3.  For regulation 3(1) of the principal Regulations (certificate of opinion) substitute—

3(1) Any opinion to which section 1 of the Act refers shall be certified—

(a)in the case of a pregnancy terminated in accordance with section 1(1) of the Act, either—

(i)in the form set out in Part I of Schedule I to these Regulations; or

(ii)in a certificate signed and dated by both practitioners jointly or in separate certificates signed and dated by each practitioner stating:—

(a)the full name and address of each practitioner;

(b)the full name and address of the pregnant woman;

(c)whether or not each practitioner has seen or examined, or seen and examined, the pregnant woman; and

(d)that each practitioner is of the opinion formed in good faith that at least one and the same ground mentioned in paragraph (a) to (d) of section 1(1) of the Act is fulfilled.

(b)in the case of a pregnancy terminated in accordance with section 1(4) of the Act, either—

(i)in the form set out in Part II of Schedule I to these Regulations; or

(ii)in a certificate giving the full name and address of the practitioner and containing:—

(a)the full name and address of the pregnant woman; and

(b)stating that the practitioner is of the opinion formed in good faith that one of the grounds mentioned in section 1(4) of the Act is fulfilled..

Amendment of regulation 4

4.  In regulation 4 of the principal Regulations (notice of termination)—

(a)in paragraph (1)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (b) omit the words “in the form set out”;

(ii)for the words “in a sealed envelope within 7 days of termination” substitute the words “or her within 14 days of the termination either in a sealed envelope or by electronic communication transmitted by an electronic communications system solely used for the transfer of confidential information to him or her”;

(b)in paragraph (2)—

(i)insert the figure “79” before the word “Whitehall”;

(ii)for the words “of the Welsh Office, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF1 3NQ” substitute the words “for Wales, National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ.”.

Amendment of regulation 5

5.  In regulation 5 of the principal Regulations (restriction on disclosure of information)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a)(i)—

(i)for the words “the Welsh Office” substitute “the National Assembly for Wales”;

(ii)for the words “of that Office” substitute “for Wales”;

(b)after sub-paragraph (a)(ii) there shall be added—

(iii)to an individual authorised by the Chief Medical Officer who is engaged in setting up, maintaining and supporting a computer system for the purpose of recording, processing and holding such notice or information; or;

(c)after paragraph (h) there shall be added—

(i)to the woman whose pregnancy was terminated, on her supplying to the Chief Medical Officer written details of her date of birth, the date and place of the termination and a copy of the certificate of registration of her birth certified as a true copy of the original by a solicitor or a practitioner..

Substitution

6.  For Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations (abortion notification) there is substituted the Schedule set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998(5)

D. Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the Assembly

20th November 2002

Regulation 6

SCHEDULE

Regulation 4

SCHEDULE 2Information to be supplied in an Abortion Notification

1.  Full name and address (including postcode) of the practitioner who terminated the pregnancy and the General Medical Counsel registration number of the practitioner.

2.  In non-emergency cases particulars of the practitioners who gave a certificate of opinion pursuant to section 1(1) of the Act and whether they saw or examined, or saw and examined the patient before giving the certificate.

3.  Patient’s details—

(a)patient’s hospital or clinic number or National Health Service number or (if unavailable) patient’s full name;

(b)date of birth;

(c)in the case of a patient resident in the United Kingdom, her full postcode or, if the postcode is unavailable, her address;

(d)in the case of a patient resident outside the United Kingdom, her country of residence;

(e)ethnicity (if disclosed by the patient);

(f)martial status; and

(g)parity.

4.  Name and address of place of termination.

5.  Whether the termination was paid for privately or not.

6.  Date and method of foeticide if appropriate.

7.  In a case where the termination is by surgery—

(a)date of termination;

(b)the method of termination used; and

(c)in cases where the dates are different, the date of admission to the place of termination and the date of discharge from the place of termination;

8.  In a case where the termination is by non-surgical means—

(a)the date of treatment with antiprogestrone;

(b)the date of treatment with prostaglandin;

(c)the date the termination is confirmed;

(d)in cases where the place of treatment with prostaglandin is different from the place of treatment with antiprogestrone, the name and address at which the prostaglandin was administered;

(e)details of other agents used and the date of administration; and

(f)the date of discharge if an overnight stay is required.

9.  Number of complete weeks of gestation.

10.  The ground(s) certified for terminating the pregnancy contained in the certificate of opinion given pursuant to section 1(1) of the Act together with the following additional information in the case of—

(a)the ground specified in paragraph (a), whether or not there was a risk to the patient’s mental health and if not, her main medical conditions;

(b)the grounds specified in paragraphs (b) and (c), the main medical condition(s) of the patient;

(c)the ground specified in paragraph (d), any foetal abnormalities diagnosed, together with method of diagnosis used, and any other reasons for termination.

11.  The ground(s) certified for terminating the pregnancy contained in the certificate of opinion given pursuant to section 1(4) of the Act and the patient’s main medical conditions;

12.  In cases of selective termination the original number of foetuses and the number of foetuses remaining.

13.  Whether or not the patient was offered chlamydia screening.

14.  Particulars of any complications experienced by the patient up to the date of discharge.

15.  In the case of the death of the patient the date and cause of death..

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Abortion Regulations 1991 (“the principal Regulations”).

Regulation 3 of these Regulations amend regulation 3 of the principal Regulations to provide for certificates of opinion given pursuant to sections 1(1) and 1(4) of the Abortion Act 1967 to be given either in the form set out in Part I and Part II of the Schedule to those Regulations or in a certificate containing the information specified in those Regulations.

Regulations 4 (notice of termination) and 6 substitute a new Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations specifying the information to be notified to the Chief Medical Officer within 14 days of the termination of a pregnancy and provide for the notification to be sent in a sealed envelope or transmitted as an electronic communication using an electronic communications system used solely for the transfer of confidential information to him or her.

Regulation 5 amends regulation 5 of the principal Regulations (restriction on disclosure of information) to provide for the notice of termination of pregnancy and accompanying information to be disclosed to an individual authorised by the Chief Medical Officer who is engaged in setting up, maintaining or supporting a computer system used for the purpose of recording, processing or holding such notice or information (regulation 5(b)) and to a woman whose pregnancy has been terminated, on her supplying to the Chief Medical Officer written details of her date of birth, the date and place of the termination and a copy of the certification of registration certified as a true copy of the original by a solicitor or a practitioner (regulation 5(c)).

(1)

1967 c. 87; section 2(2) was amended by the Transfer of Functions (Health and Social Security) Order 1988 (S.I.1988/1843), article 5(4) and Schedule 3 and by the Scotland Act (Consequential Modifications) (No. 1) Order 1999 (S.I.1999/1042), article 5 and Schedule 3. The functions of the Secretary of State under section 2 of the Act are transferred to the National Assembly for Wales under article 2 of, and Schedule 1 to the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I.199/672).

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. The revised version is currently only available in English.

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

Original (As Enacted or Made) - Welsh:The original Welsh language 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