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HUMAN TISSUE ACT 1982 - SECT 42

Act does not prevent specified removals of tissue etc.

    (1)     Nothing in this Act applies to or in relation to—

S. 42(1)(a) amended by No. 23/1994 s. 118(Sch. 1 item 27.19), substituted by No. 59/2006 s. 13(1).

        (a)     the removal of tissue, whether regenerative or non-regenerative, from the body of a living person—

              (i)     in the course of medical treatment or dental care or a procedure carried out, in the interests of the health of the person, by a registered medical practitioner or, in the case of dental care, by a registered dentist with the consent, express or implied, given by or on behalf of the person; or

              (ii)     in circumstances necessary for the preservation of the life of the person;

S. 42(1)(ab) inserted by No. 59/2006 s. 13(1).

        (ab)     the removal of blood or other regenerative tissue from the body of a living person in the course of medical treatment or a procedure (including the testing of blood to determine whether the person has, or may have in the future, a disease or medical condition) carried out, in the interests of the health of the person, by a health service provider with the consent, express or implied, given by or on behalf of the person;

        (b)     the use or disposal of the tissue so removed;

        (c)     the embalming of the body of a deceased person; or

        (d)     the preparation, including the restoration of any disfigurement or mutilation, of the body of a deceased person for the purpose of interment or cremation.

S. 42(2) amended by No. 59/2006 s. 13(2).

    (2)     In paragraph (a), (ab) and (b) of subsection (1) a reference to tissue does not include a reference to foetal tissue, spermatozoa or ova.

S. 42(3) inserted by No. 59/2006 s. 13(3).

    (3)     In this section—

"health service provider" has the same meaning as in the Health Records Act 2001 and includes—

        (a)     a person who is employed or engaged by, or who performs work for, a health service provider in the performance of that service;

        (b)     a provider that provides a service prescribed as a health service for the purposes of this section;

S. 42(3) def. of registered dentist substituted by Nos 59/2006 s. 13(4), 13/2010 s. 51(Sch. item 31.5).

"registered dentist" means a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law—

        (a)     to practise in the dental profession as a dentist (other than as a student); and

        (b)     in the dentists division of that profession.



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