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Research Involving Human Embryos Bill 2002

2002

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Form of Bill if House decides to divide the Research Involving Embryos and Prohibition of Human Cloning Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002

 

No.      , 2002

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to regulate certain activities involving the use of human embryos, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                                1

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Object of Act...................................................................................... 2

4............ Operation of Act................................................................................ 3

5............ Act to bind the Crown........................................................................ 3

6............ External Territories............................................................................. 3

7............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

Part 3—Regulation of certain uses involving excess ART embryos          6

Division 1—Interpretation                                                                                          6

23.......... Definitions.......................................................................................... 6

24.......... Meaning of excess ART embryo .......................................................... 7

Division 2—Offences                                                                                                     9

25.......... Offence—use of excess ART embryo................................................ 9

26.......... Offence—use of embryo that is not an excess ART embryo........... 10

27.......... Offence—breaching a licence condition............................................ 10

Division 3—Embryo Research Licensing Committee of the NHMRC 12

28.......... Establishment of Committee............................................................ 12

29.......... Functions of Committee................................................................... 12

30.......... Powers of Committee....................................................................... 13

31.......... Membership of Committee.............................................................. 13

32.......... Terms of appointment...................................................................... 14

33.......... Annual report................................................................................... 14

34.......... Reports to Parliament....................................................................... 14

Division 4—Licensing system                                                                                15

35.......... Person may apply for licence........................................................... 15

36.......... Determination of application by Committee.................................... 15

37.......... Notification of decision.................................................................... 16

38.......... Period of licence................................................................................ 16

39.......... Licence is subject to conditions........................................................ 17

40.......... Variation of licence........................................................................... 18

41.......... Suspension or revocation of licence.................................................. 18

42.......... Surrender of licence........................................................................... 19

43.......... Notification of variation, suspension or revocation of licence......... 19

Division 5—Reporting and confidentiality                                                        20

44.......... NHMRC Licensing Committee to make certain information publicly available     20

45.......... Confidential commercial information may only be disclosed in certain circumstances           20

Division 6—Review provisions                                                                              23

46.......... Meaning of terms.............................................................................. 23

47.......... Review of decisions.......................................................................... 23

Part 4—Monitoring powers                                                                                              25

48.......... Appointment of inspectors.............................................................. 25

49.......... Identity card..................................................................................... 25

50.......... Powers available to inspectors for monitoring compliance.............. 26

51.......... Monitoring powers........................................................................... 26

52.......... Power to secure................................................................................ 27

53.......... Inspector must produce identity card on request............................. 27

54.......... Consent............................................................................................. 28

55.......... Compensation for damage................................................................ 28

55A....... Extended operation of Part............................................................... 28

Part 5—Commonwealth/State arrangements                                                         29

56.......... Operation of State laws.................................................................... 29

57.......... Conferral of functions on Commonwealth officers and bodies........ 29

58.......... When duty imposed......................................................................... 30

59.......... Review of certain decisions.............................................................. 31

Part 6—Sunset clause, review provision and regulations                               32

Division 1—Repeal                                                                                                       32

60.......... Repeal of paragraphs 36(3)(b) and 39(1)(c) and subsection 39(3)... 32

Division 2—Review of Act                                                                                        33

61.......... Review of operation of Act.............................................................. 33

Division 3—Regulations                                                                                            35

62.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 35

 



A Bill for an Act to regulate certain activities involving the use of human embryos, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: