Medical Innovations Bill.pdf

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 ] 334 ANNOUNCEMENTS, TABLINGS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS NO 12 2014 REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ———————— MEDICAL INNOVATION BILL ————————— (As introduced in the National Assembly (proposed section 75 Bill)) (Bill and prior notice of its introduction published in Government Gazette No 37349 of 18 February 2014) (The English text is the official text of the bill) (Mario G. R. Oriani-Ambrosini, MP) [PMB1 - 2014]
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335 [ Wednesday, 19 February 2014 ANNOUNCEMENTS, TABLINGS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS NO 12 2014 GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE: [ ] Words in bold type in square brackets indicate omissions from existing enactments. ______ Words underlined with a solid line indicate insertions in existing enactments. BILL To make provision for innovation in medical treatment and to legalise the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes and beneficial commercial and industrial uses. BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:— Definitions 1. As used in the Act — “cannabinoids” shall mean any part or chemical constituent of the plant known as cannabis, marijuana or dagga, any genetic modification thereof, and any extract thereof or product containing it or resulting from the processing thereof; “condition” shall mean a medical condition which, if not cured, may cause the patient’s death or severe impairment to his or her medical condition or quality of life; “Constitution” shall mean the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; “medical practitioner” shall have the meaning set out in the Health Professions Act, No. 56 of 1974 “Minister” shall mean the Minister of Health; “patient” shall mean an individual receiving treatment by a medical practitioner; “pilot health centre” shall mean a private or a government-owned hospital or other health service provider identified and authorised by the Minister by means of a proclamation published in the Gazette ; “regulations” shall mean regulations made by the Minister in terms of this Act: “Republic” shall mean the Republic of South Africa; and “treatment” shall include, without limitation, actions prescribed by a medical practitioner aimed at curing, managing, ameliorating or treating a condition or inaction.
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 ] 336 ANNOUNCEMENTS, TABLINGS AND COMMITTEE REPORTS NO 12 2014 Purposes 2. The purposes of this Act are to— (1) codify existing best practices as to decisions by medical practitioners to innovate in cases where evidence-based treatment or management is not optimal or appropriate
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