There is no certification inspector in Northern Ireland. There is, however, a certification officer who is responsible for:
maintaining a list of trade unions and employers' associations;
receiving and scrutinising annual returns from trade unions and employers’ associations;
determining complaints concerning trade union elections, certain other ballots and breaches of trade union rules;
ensuring observance of statutory requirements governing mergers between trade unions and between employers’ associations;
overseeing the political funds and the finances of trade unions and employers associations; and
certifying the independence of trade unions.
More detailed information on the role of the certification officer and the relevant legislation canbe found on the certification officer’s website at www.nicertoffice.com/contents2005.htm.