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directive

noun behest, bidding, charge, command, commandment, declaration, decree, decretal, demand, dictate, direction, edict, enjoinment, fiat, hest, imperative, instruction, mandate, notification, order, ordinance, prescript, prescription, proclamation, requirement, rescript, ukase, writ
See also: causative, decretal, direction, fiat, guidance, mandate, order, procedural, regulation, requirement, rule, subpoena, writ

directive

a legislative Act of the European Union produced by the Council of the European Union and the Commission of the European Union. It directs member states to produce a certain effect within a certain time. This achieves the Community goal while respecting national differences. The member state need not legislate if it can achieve the same result by administrative measures. Failure to comply can result in action before the Court of Justice of the European Union at the instigation of the Commission. Directives are not directly applicable (see DIRECT APPLICABILITY) but they can have DIRECT EFFECT.
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The basis for the lack of emergency care allegation was because of the nursing staff not initiating CPR, despite his father's directive, and an improperly equipped crash cart.
The WEEE Directive covers 10 product caregories--large household appliances, small household appliances, information and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, lighting, electronic tools, toys and sports equipment, medical devices, monitoring instruments and automatic dispensers--and establishes a financing mechanism based on extended producer responsibility to fund the recycling of these products.
As proof that the commission's directive works, Wallstrom reports that in many of Europe's rivers and lakes where the requirements have been implemented, water quality has improved significantly.
The directive on low-voltage equipment, such as appliances and power tools, is designed to prevent electrical hazards to people, pets, livestock and property, while the machinery directive aims to ensure the safety of industrial equipment.
The restrictions Cohen refers to are encapsulated in a series of 70 regulations called the "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services," first approved by the U.
A written directive system that effectively incorporates the accreditation standards begins with a uniform format.
A proxy, designated by advance directive, was directly appointed by the now-incapacitated person.
3] The concept of understanding as it applies to directives raises two questions: (1) what substantive information do we want members of the public to comprehend when they are deciding whether to issue a directive; and (2) what method of conveying this information will reach the greatest number of people?
Bioethicists agree that discussions regarding advance directives should be seen as a process involving medical care-givers, family members, and other advisors and friends.
This Directive requires parent companies to hold at least 25 percent of the capital of the subsidiary, although Member States may stipulate a less onerous burden in their domestic legislation.
Although these directives have become effective, the domestic law in a particular country may not, as yet, have been conformed.

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