Services Standards

Health and Disability Services Standards

Hospitals, rest homes, and some providers of residential disability care need to meet the Health and Disability Services Standards NZS 8134:2008.

These Standards came into effect on 1 June 2009.

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

Fertility Services Standard

Providers of fertility services are required to meet the New Zealand Standard: Fertility Services NZS 8181:2007.

This 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.

Review of the Health and Disability Service Standards and the Fertility Services Standard

The Ministry of Health administers the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001 (the Act).  The Act requires regular review of the Health and Disability Services Standards (NZS8134:2008) and the Fertility Services standard (NZS8181:2007) (the Standards) to assess whether they should continue un-amended, be amended or be replaced. A review is required to occur at least every four years.

The most recent review against the Health and Disability Services Standards (NZS8134:2008) and the Fertility Services standard (NZS8181:2007) (“the standards”) was completed in 2017. The feedback from this review reported the need to update the standards to reflect current practice and to meet changing models of health care. Planning is now underway to further consult with the sector to determine the level of change required to the standards.

For more information on this review contact the project lead: jade_cincotta@moh.govt.nz.

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