The Health Protection (Notification) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Commencement: 6 March 2020
Amends: The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010
The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 place a duty on registered medical practitioners (i.e. doctors) to notify the local authority if they treat a patient they know or suspect to be infected or contaminated with specific infectious diseases. (This includes the “Coronavirus”, also known as “Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)” or “COVID-19”).
The Regulations also place a duty on medical or clinical laboratories that test human samples, to report to Public Health England when they detect an organism that could lead to the development of a specific infectious disease.
The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 are amended to insert “COVID-19” into the list of notifiable diseases and “SARS-CoV 2” into the list of causative agents. No notification requirements are created under RIDDOR.
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