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PUBLIC HEALTH AMENDMENT ACT, 2016

PUBLIC HEALTH AMENDMENT ACT, 2016

Chapter 25

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as follows:

Amends RSA 2000 cP‑37

1   The Public Health Act is amended by this Act.

 

8   The following is added before section 19:

Reporting re immunization

18.3   A health practitioner who performs an immunization or conducts an assessment in respect of immunization shall report information respecting immunization to the Minister in accordance with the regulations.

Reporting adverse event following immunization

18.4   A health practitioner shall, in accordance with the regulations, report any adverse event following immunization of which the health practitioner becomes aware in respect of a person to whom the health practitioner has provided or is providing professional services.

Immunization schedules

18.5   A health practitioner who performs an immunization shall comply with

                                 (a)    the most recent version of an immunization schedule published by the Chief Medical Officer, or

                                 (b)    the part of the most recent version of an immunization schedule published by the Chief Medical Officer

that is identified by the Chief Medical Officer as being mandatory.

Biological agent storage, handling, transportation

18.6(1)  A person who stores, handles or transports, or directs the storage, handling or transportation of, a biological agent intended for use in immunization shall do so in accordance with the regulations.

(2)  A person referred to in subsection (1) who becomes aware of a contravention of the regulations referred to in subsection (1) shall take action in accordance with the regulations.

 

23   Section 66 is amended

                            (a)    in subsection (1)

                                 (ii)    by adding the following after clause (v):

                                   (v.1)    respecting reporting by health practitioners in respect of immunization;

                                   (v.2)    respecting reporting by health practitioners in respect of adverse events following immunization;

                                   (v.3)    respecting the handling, storage and transportation of biological agents intended for use in immunization, including, without limitation, regulations respecting actions to be taken after a contravention occurs in respect of the handling, storage and transportation of the biological agents;

                                   (v.4)    defining words or expressions used but not defined in this Act;

                           (b)    by repealing subsection (2)(a);

 

24   Sections 8 and 23(a)(ii) and (b) come into force on Proclamation.