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Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993)

Chapter VII : Occupational diseases

70. Appointment of medical advisory panels


(1) The Director-General may on a regional basis appoint medical advisory panels which shall consist of as many members as he or she may deem necessary to—

[Words preceding section 70(1)(a) substituted by section 26 of Act No. 61 of 1997]

(a) assist him with regard to the diagnosis of occupational diseases in individual cases;
(b) advise him regarding the inclusion of occupational diseases in Schedule 3;
(c) advise him regarding general policy concerning the diagnosis of, and disablement as a result of, occupational diseases.


(2) A member of a medical advisory panel shall be paid the prescribed remuneration and travelling and subsistence allowances out of the compensation fund.


(3) The Director-General shall designate a member of a medical advisory panel as chairman thereof.


(4) The members of medical advisory panels shall be appointed by the Director-General for such period and on such conditions as he may determine, but the Director-General may at any time terminate the appointment of any member who—
(a) has been guilty of misconduct or neglect of duty; or
(b) is not able to perform his functions in terms of this Act properly.


(5) The provisions of section 9 shall apply mutatis mutandis to members of medical advisory panels.