97—Tests on deceased persons
(1) If the
Chief Public Health Officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a deceased
person has had a condition of public health concern, the Chief
Public Health Officer may, by instrument in writing, authorise the carrying
out of any test or procedure specified in the instrument on the body of the
(2) If the Chief
Public Health Officer has authorised the carrying out of a test or procedure
under this section, an authorised officer, accompanied by such assistants as
the authorised officer thinks necessary, may—
enter premises (using such force as is necessary) in which the
authorised officer reasonably believes the body of the deceased person is
search the premises for the body,
and, on finding the body, the authorised tests or procedure may be carried out
in accordance with this section.
(3) However, an
authorised officer must not exercise a power to enter premises under
subsection (2) unless—
authorised officer has made a reasonable attempt to contact the occupier of
the premises and advise the occupier of the intention to exercise such powers;
force is required to enter premises—the authorised officer is
accompanied by a police officer.
(4) A test or
procedure authorised under this section must be carried out by—
medical practitioner; or
person who is qualified as required by the regulations to carry out tests or
procedures of the relevant type.
(5) A person carrying
out a test or procedure under this section may be assisted by any other
(6) Nothing in this
section authorises the exhumation of a body.