Health Act, 1947

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CitationIR No. 28/1947


Number 28 of 1947


HEALTH ACT 1947

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2022


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Health Act 1947. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including the Finance (Covid-19 and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2022 (9/2022), enacted 2 June 2022, and all statutory instruments up to and including the Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 258 of 2022), made 25 May 2022, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Covid-19 regulations made under this Act may be seen in consolidated form at

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/04388-informal-consolidation-of-covid-19-temporary-restrictions-regulations/.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

revisedacts@lawreform.ie.


Number 28 of 1947


HEALTH ACT 1947

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2022


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Health Acts 1947 to 2020: this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2020 (23/2020), s. 1(2)). The Acts in this group are:

Health Act 1947 (28/1947)

Health Act 1953 (26/1953) (citation only)

Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960 (46/1960) (citation only)

Health Act 1970 (1/1970)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977), s. 36 and s. 42 in so far as it amends the Health Acts 1947 to 1970 (citation only)

Health (Family Planning) Act 1979 (20/1979)

Health (Amendment) Act 1986 (10/1986)

Health (Amendment) Act 1987 (3/1987)

Health (Nursing Homes) Act 1990 (23/1990)

Health (Amendment) Act 1991 (15/1991), other than s. 8

Health (Amendment) Act 1994 (11/1994)

Health (Amendment) Act 1996 (15/1996)

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1996 (23/1996)

Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 1996 (32/1996), other than ss. 21 and 22

Health (Provision of Information) Act 1997 (9/1997)

Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act 1999 (13/1999)

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2001 (14/2001), except in so far as it relates to the Tobacco (Health Promotion and Protection) Act 1988 (citation only)

Health Act 2004 (42/2004)

Health (Amendment) Act 2005 (3/2005), in so far as it amends the Health Acts 1947 to 2004

Irish Medicines Board (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (3/2006), Part 5

Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006 (17/2006)

Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal (Amendment) Act 2006 (22/2006), except s. 6

Health (Nursing Homes) (Amendment) Act 2007 (1/2007)

Health Act 2007 (23/2007)

Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007), s. 57(9) (citation only)

Health Act 2008 (21/2008)

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (25/2009), s. 64

Health (Amendment) Act 2010 (15/2010) (citation only)

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2010 (20/2010)

Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011 (19/2011), ss. 35 and 36 (citation only)

Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Act 2013 (10/2013)

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013 (14/2013), s. 30 (citation only)

Health Service Executive (Governance) Act 2013 (23/2013)

Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) (No. 2) Act 2013 (42/2013) (citation only)

Local Government Reform Act (1/2014), the amendment to the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960 provided for in section 5 (6) and sch. 2, part 6.

Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Act 2014 (17/2014)

Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2014 (28/2014)

Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2015 (19/2015)

Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2018 (13/2018)

Health Service Executive (Governance) Act 2019 (17/2019), other than Part 3

Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Act 2020 (11/2020)

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2020 (23/2020), Part 2 (s. 5)

Acts previously included in the group but now repealed are:

Health Act 1954 (23/1954)

Health and Mental Treatment Act 1957 (16/1957), s. 1

Health and Mental Treatment (Amendment) Act 1958 (37/1958), s.1

Health (Homes For Incapacitated Persons) Act 1964 (8/1964)

Health and Mental Treatment (Amendment) Act 1966 (2/1966), s. 1

Health (Mental Services) Act 1981 (17/1981)

Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act 1985 (4/1985)

Health (Amendment) Act 2004 (19/2004)

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019 (8/2019), Part 2 (s. 4)

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1972, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 2021 (37/2021)

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2021 (24/2021)

Health (Amendment) Act 2021 (1/2021)

Health (Amendment) Act 2020 (19/2020)

Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Act 2020 (14/2020)

Health (Preservation and Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020 (1/2020)

Freedom of Information Act 2014 (30/2014)

Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 (50/2013)

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010 (18/2010)

Fines Act 2010 (8/2010)

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009 (15/2009)

Water Services Act 2007 (30/2007)

Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007)

Health Act 2007 (23/2007)

Consumer Protection Act 2007 (19/2007)

Irish Medicines Board (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (3/2006)

Health Act 2004 (42/2004)

Health (Amendment) Act 2004 (19/2004)

Civil Registration Act 2004 (3/2004)

Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 1996 (32/1996)

Irish Medicines Board Act 1995 (29/1995)

Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act 1992 (20/1992)

Child Care Act 1991 (17/1991)

Abattoirs Act 1988 (8/1988)

Health (Amendment) Act 1986 (10/1986)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977)

Health Act 1970 (1/1970)

Local Government (Repeal of Enactments) Act 1964 (33/1964)

Health (Homes For Incapacitated Persons) Act 1964 (8/1964)

Poisons Act 1961 (21/1961)

Health Authorities Act 1960 (9/1960)

Health Act 1953 (26/1953)

Health Services (Financial Provisions) Act 1947 (47/1947)

All Acts up to and including Finance (Covid-19 and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2022 (9/2022), enacted 2 June 2022, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 258 of 2022)

Infectious Diseases (EU Digital Covid Certificates) (Revocation) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 239 of 2022)

Infectious Diseases (EU Digital Covid Certificates) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 189 of 2022)

Infectious Diseases (EU Digital Covid Certificates) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 181 of 2022)

Health Act 1947 (Affected Areas) (Revocation) Order 2022 (S.I. No. 153 of 2022)

Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – EU Digital Covid Certificates) (Revocation) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 140 of 2022)

Infectious Diseases (EU Digital Covid Certificates) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 139 of 2022)

Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Requirements) (Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form) (Revocation) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 103 of 2022)

Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (Restrictions upon Travel to the State from Certain States) (No. 5) (Revocation) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 102 of 2022)

Health Act 1947 (Regulations relating to Face Coverings under Section 31A) (Covid-19) (Revocation) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 88 of 2022)

Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (Face Coverings – Extension of Period of Effect) Regulations 2022 (S.I. No. 48 of 2022)

Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (Restrictions upon Travel to the State from Certain States) (No. 5) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 (S.I....

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