CHAPTER 59
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH

   3.   Establishment of the Institute.

   4.   Functions of the Institute.

   5.   Vesting of Centres and provisions relating to land.

   6.   Composition and proceedings of Council.

   7.   Minister may give directions to Council.

PART III
POWERS AND OPERATIONS OF THE INSTITUTE

   8.   Staff and management of Centres.

   9.   Research committees and provisions relating to research.

   10.   Information on medical research to be furnished to the Institute.

   11.   Information on diseases by hospitals, health centres.

   12.   Institute may call for information on medical research.

   13.   Provisions relating to discoveries.

   14.   Co-ordination of researches carried out outside Tanzania.

   15.   Power of Minister to make regulations.

PART IV
ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

   16.   Appointment of employees.

   17.   Remuneration of members of Council.

   18.   Superannuation benefits.

   19.   Power of Council to delegate.

   20.   Funds of the Institute.

   21.   Power of Council to charge fees.

   22.   Investment.

   23.   Power to borrow.

   24.   Annual and supplementary budget.

   25.   Accounts and audit.

   26.   Annual report.

   27.   Laying of accounts before the National Assembly.

PART V
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   28.   Protection from personal liability.

   29.   Notification of orders.

SCHEDULES

CHAPTER 59
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH ACT

An Act to establish the National Institute for Medical Research and to provide for the functions and powers of the Institute in relation to the promotion of medical research.

[1st October, 1979]
[G.N. No. 148 of 1980]

Act No. 23 of 1979
G.N. No. 309 of 1991

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Institute for Medical Research Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "Centre" means a Medical Research Centre established under section 4;

   "Council" means the Council for the Institute established under section 6;

   "Director-General" means the Director-General of Institute appointed under section 16;

   "Institute" means the National Institute of Medical Research established by section 3;

   "member" in relation to the Council means a member of the Council and includes the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for health.

PART II
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH (ss 3-7)

3.   Establishment of the Institute

   (1) There is hereby established an institute to be known as the National Institute for Medical Research.

   (2) The Institute shall be a body corporate and shall–

   (a)   have perpetual succession and an official seal;

   (b)   in its corporate name, be capable of suing and being sued;

   (c)   subject to this Act, be capable of holding, purchasing or acquiring in any other way, any movable or immovable property, and of disposing of any of its property.

4.   Functions of the Institute

   (1) The functions of the Institute shall be–

   (a)   to carry out, and promote the carrying out of, medical research designed to alleviate disease among the people of Tanzania;

   (b)   to carry out, and promote the carrying out of research into various aspects of local traditional medical practices for the purpose of facilitating the development and application of herbal medicine;

   (c)   in co-operation with the Government or any person or body of persons, to promote, or provide facilities for, the training of local personnel for carrying out scientific research into medical problems;

   (d)   to monitor, control and co-ordinate medical research carried out within Tanzania, or elsewhere on behalf of or for the benefit of the Government of Tanzania, and to evaluate the findings of that research;

   (e)   to establish a system for the registration of, and to register, the findings of medical research carried out within Tanzania, and promote the practical application of those findings for the purposes of improving or advancing the health and general welfare of the people of Tanzania;

   (f)   to establish and operate system of documentation and dissemination of information on any aspect of the medical research carried out by or on behalf of the Institute;

   (g)   to control and manage the affairs of Centres vested in the Institute by section 6(1);

   (h)   to assume responsibility for the control and management of any other Centres which may be established by the Institute or vested in the Institute under section 6(2) or any other written law;

   (i)   to do any thing which may be necessary to uphold and support the credit of the Institute and of its research findings, to obtain and justify public confidence to avert or minimise any loss to the Institute and to facilitate the proper and efficient performance of its functions.

   (2) In particular, but without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Institute may–

   (a)   undertake, either alone or in association with any person or body of persons within or outside Tanzania, the establishment, equipment and management, on a zonal or other basis, of Centres within Tanzania for the performance of any of its functions;

   (b)   carry out, and promote the carrying out of, research and investigation into the causes, and the ways of controlling and preventing the occurrence in Tanzania of particular diseases or a category of them, including–

      (i)   bacterial, viral, rickettsial, helminthic or protozoal, infective and parasitic diseases; and

      (ii)   non-infective diseases of the mental, nutritional, neoplastic, haematological, degenerative or other categories;

   (c)   in co-operation with the Government or any person or body of persons, carry out and promote the carrying out of basic, applied and operational research designated to provided effective measures for the control of diseases endemic in Tanzania;

   (d)   in co-operation with the Government or any person or body of persons within or outside Tanzania, establish in Tanzania a library for reference by medical scientists and a medical museum.

   (3) For the purposes of the better performance of its functions the Institute shall establish and maintain a system of collaboration, consultation and co-operation with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology established by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology Act *, and with any other person or body of persons established by or under any written law and having functions related to those specified in subsection (1) or (2) or which relate to medical or scientific research or to scientific developments generally.

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