Health Act 1947
Restriction on importation, manufacture or sale of certain articles.
66.—(1) The Minister may by order provide that—
(a) any instrument, appliance or apparatus of a class as respects which he is of opinion that the use by the general public of instruments, appliances or apparatuses of that class involves risk of serious injury to health or body, or
(b) a substance as respects which he is of opinion that it is likely, when accessible to the general public, to be used for purposes involving risk of serious injury to health or body,
shall be a restricted article for the purposes of this section.
(2) In the subsequent subsections of this section, the expression “restricted article” means an article declared by an order under this section to be a restricted article for the purposes of this section.
(3) The Minister may grant to a registered medical practitioner a permit for the importation, manufacture, sale or other disposal of a restricted article and may attach to the permit such conditions (if any) as he thinks proper.
(4) Save so far as may be authorised by a permit under subsection (3) of this section, it shall not be lawful for a person to import, manufacture, sell or otherwise dispose of, or offer or keep for sale or other disposal, a restricted article.
(5) It shall not be lawful for a person to advertise a restricted article.
(6) A person who contravenes subsection (4) or (5) of this section or who, having been granted and having availed of a permit under subsection (3) of this section, does not comply with a condition attached to the permit, shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds or, at the discretion of the Court, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment and, in every case, to forfeiture of the restricted article in relation to which the offence was committed.
(7) Any article forfeited under subsection (6) of this section shall be disposed of in such manner as the Minister may direct.
(8) Where, on an inspection under section 94 of this Act of any premises, any restricted article is found in relation to which the person making the inspection has reasonable grounds for believing that an offence under this section has been committed, such person may seize, remove and detain the article.
(9) An offence under this section may be prosecuted by the Minister F113[or by the health authority in whose functional area the offence is committed.]
Inserted (1.01.1954) by Health Act 1953 (26/1953), s. 40, S.I. No. 377 of 1953.
Modifications (not altering text):
Term “registered medical practitioner” construed (3.07.2008) by Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007), s. 108(1), S.I. No. 231 of 2008.
Construction of references to registered medical practitioner and Medical Council, etc.
108.— (1) Every reference to a registered medical practitioner contained in any enactment or any statutory instrument shall be construed as a reference to a registered medical practitioner within the meaning of section 2.
The Euro equivalent of £100 mentioned in subs. (6) is €126.98. This translates into a Class C fine, not greater than €2,500, as provided (4.01.2011) by Fines Act 2010 (8/2010), ss. 3, 6(2) and table ref. no. 6, S.I. No. 662 of 2010.
Power pursuant to section exercised (20.12.1985) by Health (Restricted Article) Order 1985 (S.I. No. 429 of 1985).