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 (NZS8134:2008) and the Fertility Services Standard (NZS8181:2007).
Health and Disability Services Standards
Hospitals, rest homes, and some providers of residential disability care need to meet the Health and Disability Services Standards 8134:2008. These Standards came into effect on 1 June 2009.
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.
Providers of fertility services are required to meet the Fertility Services Standard 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.
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 current review go to the Health & Disability Services Standard and Fertility Service Standard Review page.