The Ministry of Health has established a Compliance Networking Group to facilitate information sharing and informal consultation between the involved stakeholders to improve tobacco and vaping related compliance.
About the Compliance Networking Group
The group is made up of representatives from a number of government agencies including the Ministry of Health, NZ Police, NZ Customs Service and the National Public Health Service. Other agencies such as WorkSafe occasionally attend to address specific agenda items.
The group will serve as a forum to engage in problem solving, inter-agency consultation and work through common interests. Members provide insight regarding their agency’s role in matters being discussed. Key work will include:
- facilitating intelligence sharing between Smokefree Enforcement Officers and Customs officers
- coordinating compliance efforts, including to prevent the illicit trade of tobacco products domestically and to prevent these products entering Aotearoa New Zealand
- collaborating with the project team and other key stakeholders to develop a national compliance and enforcement strategy to support the operation of the The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020
- discussing and informing work around the retail reduction of tobacco stores, namely security considerations
- collaborating and problem solving on compliance and enforcement matters around common interests.