Statutory Instruments

The Infectious Diseases (Shipping) Regulations 2008

These Regulations replace the Infectious Diseases (Shipping) Regulations, 1948 (S.I. No. 170 of 1948) These Regulations make amendments which conform to the standards set down by the International Health Regulations as adopted by the World Health Assembly on 23 May 2005. These Regulations authorise measures to be taken with a view to the prevention of danger to public health in relation to incoming or outgoing ships, its passengers; and or crew; and or conditions on board; they lay down the form of Maritime Declaration of Health to be completed by the Master of a ship in certain circumstances; they impose restrictions on boarding or leaving a ship in certain circumstances.

Provision is made for the issue of Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificates and Ship Sanitation Control Certificates in accordance with the International Health Regulations. Provision is made for the detention and inspection of an infected or suspected ship; the placing under surveillance of a person(s) from an affected area; the removal of an infected person(s) from a ship; and the application of such additional measures applicable to infectious diseases that are of public health concern subject to the International Health Regulations. Provision is made also for charges for certain services and for expenses of the Health Service Executive enforcing the Regulations

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