Services Standards

The Ministry of Health administers the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001 (‘the Act’). The Act requires providers of health services to be certified against the relevant Standards. The relevant standards are the Health and Disability Services Standards (NZS 8134:2008) and the Fertility Services Standard (NZS 8181:2007).

The relevant Standards set out the steps providers need to take to ensure they are providing safe, quality services. It also outlines what people can expect from the services they receive.

Fertility Services Standard

Providers of fertility services are required to meet the Fertility Services Standard NZS 8181:2007 until 28 February 2022, when the updated Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard NZS 8134:2021 comes into effect.

The 2007 Standard defines the quality and safety requirements for the provision of fertility services in New Zealand. A copy of the standard is available on the Standards New Zealand website.

Health and Disability Services Standards

Primary birthing centres, hospices, overnight hospital inpatient services (public and private), age-related residential care, residential addiction, mental health, and disability services  need to meet the Health and Disability Services Standards NZS 8134:2008. These Standards came into effect on 1 June 2009 and will remain in effect until 28 February 2022. 

The Health and Disability Services Standards 8134:2008 are made up of four sets of Standards and are available on the Standards New Zealand website.

Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard

Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, introduces Ngā Paerewa the 2021 Health and Disability Services Standard.

On 28 February 2022 the updated Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard NZS 8134:2021 will come into effect. It will replace the Health and Disability Services Standards NZS 8134:2008, the Fertility Services Standard NZS 8181:2007, the Home and Community Support Sector Standards NZS 8158:2012, and the Interim Standards for Abortion Services in New Zealand.

Providers of fertility services, primary birthing centres, hospices, overnight hospital inpatient services (public and private), age-related residential care, residential addiction, mental health, and disability services will be required to meet the Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard NZS 8134:2021. This standard is also fit for use by home and community support and abortion service providers in New Zealand.

This Standard defines the updated quality and safety requirements for the provision of included services in New Zealand. A copy of the standard is available on the Standards New Zealand website.

2017–2020 Review of the Services Standard

Section 24 of the Act requires regular review of the relevant standards at least once every four years to consider whether they should continue un-amended, be amended or be replaced. For more information on the most recent review, go to the Standards Review page.

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