The Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill will establish a new regulatory regime, separate from those in place for food and medicines. It will control low-risk natural health products such as garlic capsules and Echinacea, and supplementary products such as vitamin tablets. The full regulatory scheme will be phased in over three years after the legislation comes into force.
The regime is intended to ensure that the natural health and supplementary products consumers use to support their health and wellbeing:
- are safe to use
- that the health claims are true
- that the products are made and contain what their label says they do.
The regulatory scheme will cover over-the-counter products. Products made by a practitioner for an individual patient are exempt from the legislation – this includes rongoā Māori, and traditional Chinese medicine, as traditionally practiced, though if these products are subsequently sold over the counter they will be covered.
The Bill is making its way through the legislative process. While this is happening we will consult stakeholders on secondary regulations and on the design of the database/website.