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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 205 - Legislative programme [32057/17]. (06 Jul 2017)

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205. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health Acts in force for which he has lead responsibility that have parts or sections yet to be formally commenced; the details or purpose of same, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32057/17]


Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information is shown in the table below on Acts enacted over the last decade for which I have overall lead responsibility and that have sections or Parts yet to be commenced. The Deputy might let me know if he would like commencement information in regard to any specific earlier Act or in regard to any Act under the overall aegis of another Minister but which have Parts or sections for commencement by the Minister for Health.


Acts passed since 2007

Sections not in force


Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2017

Act passed in May 2017 and not in force.

It is envisaged that a commencement order will be made later this year.

Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017

Act passed in May 2017 and not in force.

The HSE has established a working group to establish the first supervised injecting facility on a pilot basis in order to determine its utility, safety and cost-effectiveness in an Irish context. The Act will be commenced in parallel to the work to establish this pilot facility.

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Act 2016

Sections 4, 5 and 7(a), (b) and (f)

Sections 4 and 5 facilitate the commencement of provisions of the Irish Medicines (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act 2006, transferring responsibility for the issuing of controlled drug licences from the Minister for Health to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). Discussions on the transfer of functions from the Department to the HPRA under these sections are on-going. Sections 7(a), (b) and (f) revoke certain statutory instruments which were confirmed under the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015. These sections will be commenced when new regulations are made.


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