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FAMILY LAW REGULATIONS 1984 - REG 21I

Container to be sealed and labelled

             (1)  If a bodily sample is taken from a donor, the sampler must ensure that:

                     (a)  the sample is placed in a container:

                              (i)  immediately after it is taken; and

                             (ii)  in the presence of the donor; and

                     (b)  the container has not previously been used for any purpose; and

                     (c)  the container is sealed in a way that, if it were opened after being sealed, that fact would be evident on inspection of the container; and

                     (d)  the container is labelled in a way that:

                              (i)  if the label, or any part of the label, were removed; or

                             (ii)  if writing on the label were impaired by alteration or erasure;

                            the removal of the label, or the impairment, would be evident on inspection of the container; and

                     (e)  the particulars on the label are inscribed in ink and include:

                              (i)  the full name of the donor; and

                             (ii)  the date of birth and the sex of the donor; and

                            (iii)  the date and time at which the sample was taken; and

                      (f)  when paragraph (e) is complied with--the sampler and the donor sign the label, in ink.

             (2)  If the donor is a child under the age of 18 years:

                     (a)  the procedure specified in paragraph (1)(a) must be completed in the presence of the person who is responsible for the long-term care, welfare and development of the child; and

                     (b)  the procedure specified in paragraph (1)(f) is taken to be satisfied only if the person who is responsible for the long-term care, welfare and development of the child signs the label.

             (3)  If the donor is a person who is suffering from a mental disability:

                     (a)  the procedure specified in paragraph (1)(a) must be completed in the presence of:

                              (i)  a trustee or manager in relation to the person under a law of the State or Territory whose laws apply to the person; or

                             (ii)  a person who is responsible for the care, welfare and development of the person suffering from a mental disability; and

                     (b)  the procedure specified in paragraph (1)(f) is taken to be complied with only if the label is signed:

                              (i)  by a trustee or manager in relation to the person under a law of the State or Territory whose laws apply to the person; or

                             (ii)  by a person who is responsible for the care, welfare and development of the person suffering from a mental disability.



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