Adoption Act 2010

127.

Registration of accredited bodies.

127.— (1) Subject to this section, the Authority shall enter in the register of accredited bodies—

( a) the name of any body of persons that applies to be registered and furnishes to the Authority such information as the Authority considers necessary to determine if the body of persons is entitled to be registered,

( b) particulars of the activity or activities in respect of which the body of persons is registered, and

( c) particulars of the state or states of origin to which the registration relates in any case where the registration of the body of persons is for any such activity or activities related to the adoption or maintenance of a child whose state of origin is—

(i) another contracting state, or

(ii) a state that has a bilateral agreement with the State.

(2) The Authority shall not register in the register of accredited bodies any body of persons in respect of any activity or activities unless satisfied that the body of persons meets the requirements prescribed for the time being under section 151 in respect of that activity, those activities or any combination of those activities.

(3) The Authority may refuse to register in the register of accredited bodies any body of persons in respect of any activity or activities—

( a) if that body of persons does not meet the requirements referred to in subsection (2) that are applicable to that body of persons, or

( b) if it appears to the Authority that any person who—

(i) takes part in the management or control of the body of persons, or

(ii) is engaged on behalf of the body of persons in connection with that activity,

is not a fit and proper person to act in that regard.

(4) A body of persons that is registered in the register of accredited bodies in respect of—

( a) one or more of the activities specified in paragraphs (e) to (g) of section 4 , or

( b) an activity specified in section 5 (b) ,

is disqualified for registration in respect of any other activity.

(5) On registering a body of persons in the register of accredited bodies, the Authority shall issue to the body of persons a certificate of registration specifying—

( a) the activity or activities for which that body of persons is registered, and

( b) if the body of persons is registered for any activity or activities specified in section 4 or 5 related to the adoption or maintenance of a child whose state of origin is—

(i) another contracting state, or

(ii) a state that has a bilateral agreement with the State,

the state or states of origin to which the registration relates.

(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the Authority—

( a) under Article 12 (which relates to when an accredited body in one contracting state may act in another), may authorise an accredited body to act in another state, and

( b) subject to any applicable provision of a bilateral agreement, may authorise an accredited body to act in a state that has entered into a bilateral agreement with the State.