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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)

Chapter 10 : Office of Health Standards Compliance, Board, Inspections and Environmental Health Investigations, Health Officers and Inspectors, Complaints and Appeal Procedures

80. Appointment of health officers and inspectors


(1) The Minister, relevant member of the Executive Council or mayor of a municipal council may designate any person in the employ of the national department, province or municipality, as the case may be, as a health officer.


(2) The Chief Executive Officer must, subject to section 79I(1)(c), appoint any suitably qualified person with appropriate prescribed expertise and skill as an inspector.


(3) A health officer designated or an inspector appointed in terms of this section must be issued with a certificate stating that he or she has been designated or appointed, as the case may be, as a health officer or as an inspector in terms of this Act.


(4) When a health officer or an inspector performs any function in terms of this Act, he or she—
(a) must be in possession of a certificate of designation or certificate of appointment, as the case may be, issued in terms of subsection (3);
(b) must show that certificate to any person who is affected by the action of the health officer or inspector in terms of this Act; and
(c) has the powers of a peace officer, as defined in section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977), and may exercise any of the powers conferred on a peace officer by law.


[Section 80 amended by section 5 of Act No. 12 of 2013]