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General Ophthalmic Services Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

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9.—(1) A contractor who employs a person to test sight shall only employ—

(a)an ophthalmic medical practitioner or optician, whose name is included on the ophthalmic list; or

(b)a person, who is authorised to test sight by rules made under section 24(3) of the Opticians Act 1989 (testing of sight)(1), acting under the continuous personal supervision of an ophthalmic medical practitioner or optician, whose name is included on the ophthalmic list.

(2) A contractor who makes an arrangement for the regular provision of services by an employee in terms of paragraph (1) shall notify the Board of the arrangement.

(3) A contractor shall be responsible for all acts and omissions of any employee; and an employee who is himself a contractor shall be jointly responsible but only, in the case of paragraphs 5(1) and (6) and 7(2), to the extent that he has not taken all reasonable steps to secure that the requirements of those provisions are met.

(4) In this paragraph “employee” includes, in the case of a body corporate, a director and “employ” is to be interpreted accordingly.

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