Regulation of the health and disability system

Regulation of the health and disability system is required to ensure that health service providers and products are safe, and that providers operate in an ethically acceptable way.

Regulation of the health system helps provide assurance to New Zealanders that they can trust the services they use.

The Ministry has a key role in administering, implementing and enforcing legislation and regulations. Through this work it seeks to improve and manage sector regulation so that patient health is protected while minimising compliance costs.

This section provides information about the Ministry's regulatory work in relation to health service providers and products.

In this section

  • Certification of health care services is a way of ensuring hospitals, rest homes, residential disability care facilities and fertility providers provide safe and reasonable levels of service for consumers. This section provides information for service providers, residents and their families, auditing agencies, and district health boards. Read more
  • Health practitioners are regulated to protect the public where there is a risk of harm from professional practice. This section provides information about regulated professions, restricted activities, quality assurance, and how to register a new profession. Read more
  • The Human Tissue Act regulates the collection and use of tissue, primarily from dead human bodies. This section provides guidance on the consent process, the Standard for non-therapeutic use, and the use of human tissue for research purposes. Read more
  • Medicines control in New Zealand includes overseeing the distribution chain of medicines and controlled drugs. This section provides information about pharmacy licensing and drug abuse containment activities.   Read more
  • A health care worker may need to perform a simple check on a child at a school or early childcare centre to determine if the child has a particular medical condition. Wherever possible, health workers who need to examine children should seek consent in accordance with the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights. However, some health workers are authorised to perform a medical examination without consent when necessary. Read more
  • Information on the regulation of psychoactive substances (the active ingredient in party pills, energy pills and herbal highs) under the  Psychoactive Substances Act 2013. Includes information on interim licences to retail, import, manufacture, wholesale, research and sell psychoactive substances, and interim product approvals. Read more