Independence of New AEs 8. Where the authorisation of the AE has been ceased, for disciplinary reasons as above, anyone wishing to apply for authorisation at that sites) must be able to show that they are sufficiently independent from the former AE, partners or officers of the company. The maximum acceptable involvement of the former AE is as landlord. The former AE shall not be involved in anyway with the management or responsibility of any authorisation. However, they may continue as a Tester if their approval has not been ceased. In particular, because of the matrimonial relationship and property rights, it is improbable that the spouse of the former AE, partner or officer of a company would be considered sufficiently independent.