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

  • Information on changes to the Medicines Act and Misuse of Drugs Regulations coming into effect from 1 July 2014. Read more
  • Guidance for health professionals on the Act and Regulations, including certification for a cause of death or cremation, referring a death to the coroner, WHO guidelines and cause-of-death statistics. Read more
  • Certifying health care services ensures they provide safe and reasonable levels of service. This section provides information on certification for service providers, 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 how human tissue is collected and used. This section provides guidance on the consent process, the Standard for non-therapeutic use, and use for research purposes. 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 medical condition such as an ear infection, head lice, scabies, or vision or hearing loss. 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
  • The Government is currently considering its approach to regulating natural health products. This work follows its decision in November 2017 to not reinstate the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill Read more
  • The Ministry has established a Working Group to develop proposals for changes to the regulation of safety in disability support. Read more
  • The New Zealand Government is working on a new and comprehensive regulatory regime to regulate therapeutic products in New Zealand. Read more
  • The Medicinal Cannabis Scheme has been established to increase access to medicinal cannabis products in New Zealand. A Medicinal Cannabis Agency will be operational from 1 April 2020 to administer the scheme. Read more
  • Psychoactive substances are regulated in New Zealand by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 Read more
  • The Medicines Act 1981 regulates medicines, related products and medical devices in New Zealand. The Act ensures that the medicines and products used in New Zealand are safe and effective. Read more
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