The Health Protection (Notification) (Amendment) Regulations 2022
Commencement: 8th June 2022
Amends: The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010
The aim of The Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010 is to prevent and protect against the spread of infection or contamination from specified infectious diseases within England.
The Regulations place a duty on registered medical practitioners (i.e. doctors) to notify the local authority if they treat a patient known or suspected to be infected or contaminated with specific infectious diseases, including the “Coronavirus” (2019-nCoV) or “COVID-19”.
Under the Regulations, medical or clinical laboratories involved in testing of human samples must report to Public Health England when a test detects a listed ‘causative agent’ (i.e. pathogens such as certain bacteria and viruses) that could lead to the development of a specified infectious disease.
The Regulations do not place duties on any other types of business.
Various duties apply.
Monkeypox is added to Schedule 1 (List of notifiable diseases) and the monkeypox virus is added to Schedule 2 (List of causative agents*). Medical practitioners, i.e. doctors must notify the local authority if they treat a patient known or suspected to be infected or contaminated with monkeypox.
*Causative agents are microorganisms (pathogens) that can cause diseases or infections.
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