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(1) A party may challenge the appointment of a member of the hearing panel including the Director-General on the ground of lack of independence or on any specific ground.

(2) The challenge shall be in writing that sets out the specific objection and the facts upon which the objection is based and shall unless it is received by the panel within 10 days of the date when the party was notified of the appointment of the person challenged, be rejected.

(3) The Director-General shall resolve the issue of challenge after hearing the parties involved within 10 days of receipt of the written objection; and where the objection is to the appointment made by the Director-General the matter shall be referred to the board for resolution within the period of 10 days specified in this sub-regulation.