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NO. 35 OF 2004



PART I
PRELIMINARY

Short title and commencement

1. This Act may be cited as the Human Cloning and Other Prohibited Practices Act 2004 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

"animal" does not include a human;

"Director" means the Director of Medical Services;

"enforcement officer" means the Director and any other public officer or any officer of any statutory authority who is appointed by the Director under section 4 to be an enforcement officer for the purposes of this Act;

"human embryo" means any live embryo that has a human genome or an altered human genome and that has been developing for less than 8 weeks since the appearance of 2 pro-nuclei or the initiation of its development by other means;

"human embryo clone" means any human embryo that is a genetic copy of another living or dead human, but does not include a human embryo created by the fertilisation of a human egg by human sperm;

"human sperm" includes human spermatids;

"prohibited embryo" means—

(a) any human embryo that has been developing outside the body of a woman for a period of more than 14 days, excluding any period when the development is suspended;
(b) any human embryo that was removed from the body of a woman by a person intending to collect a viable human embryo; or