ESTABLISHMENT, INCORPORATION AND CONSTITUTION OF AUTHORITY
3. There is hereby established a body to be known as the Health Sciences Authority which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and shall, by that name, be capable of —
suing and being sued;
acquiring, owning, holding and developing, or disposing of property, both movable and immovable; and
doing and suffering all such other acts or things as a body corporate may lawfully do and suffer.
—(1) The Authority shall have a common seal and such seal may from time to time be broken, changed, altered or made anew as the Authority thinks fit.
(2) All deeds and other documents requiring the seal of the Authority shall be sealed with the common seal of the Authority.
(3) All instruments to which the common seal is affixed shall be signed by any 2 members generally or specially authorised by the Authority for the purpose or by one member and the Chief Executive.
(4) The Authority may, by resolution or otherwise in writing, appoint an officer of the Authority or any other agent either generally or in any particular case to execute or sign on behalf of the Authority any agreement or other instrument not under seal in relation to any matter coming within the powers of the Authority.
(5) All courts, judges and persons acting judicially shall take judicial notice of the common seal of the Authority affixed to any document and shall presume that it was duly affixed.
6. The Chairman may in writing authorise any member to exercise any power or perform any function conferred on the Chairman by or under this Act.
—(1) A member of the Authority (including the Chairman) shall hold office on such conditions and for such term not exceeding 3 years as the Minister shall specify in his appointment, and may from time to time be re-appointed.
(2) Any member of the Authority may resign from his office at any time by giving not less than one month’s notice in writing to the Minister.
(3) The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of any member as he considers necessary in the interest of the effective performance of the functions of the Authority under this Act, or in the public interest.
(4) If a member dies or resigns or has his appointment revoked, the Minister may appoint any person to fill the vacancy for the residue of the term for which the vacating member was appointed.
(5) The Authority shall pay to the Chairman and other members of the Authority, out of the funds of the Authority, such salaries, fees and allowances as the Minister may, from time to time, determine.
8. The Minister may appoint any person as a temporary Chairman or as a temporary member if the Chairman or any member is absent from Singapore or for any other reason is unable to discharge his functions.
—(1) At all meetings of the Authority, 5 members shall form a quorum.
(2) The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Authority and, in his absence, the members present shall elect one of their number to preside.
(3) Meetings of the Authority shall be held at such times and places as the Chairman may determine.
(4) All questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes of the members present and voting.
(5) At any meeting of the Authority, the Chairman or, in his absence, the member presiding at the meeting shall have a deliberative vote and, in the case of an equality of votes, he shall also have a casting vote.
(6) The validity of any proceedings of the Authority shall not be affected by any vacancy amongst its members or by any defect in the appointment of any member.
(7) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Authority may regulate its own proceedings.
—(1) A member of the Authority who is in any way, directly or indirectly, interested in a transaction or project of the Authority shall disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Authority.
(2) The disclosure by a member of his interest shall be recorded in the minutes of the Authority and that member shall not take part in any deliberation of the Authority with respect to the transaction or project.
(3) For the purpose of determining whether there is a quorum, a member shall be treated as being present at a meeting notwithstanding that under subsection (2) he cannot vote or has withdrawn from the meeting.
(4) For the purposes of this section, an interest of a spouse, parent, son or an adopted son, or daughter or an adopted daughter, of a member shall be treated as an interest of the member.