Starting in 2012, the Ministry of Health led a review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, and the Amendment Act was passed on 9 April 2019.
The scope of the review was agreed by Cabinet with the aim of ensuring that the Act retains the ability to safeguard health practitioners’ competence in a changing health system.
Submissions received in response to the discussion document are available from the Ministry's library. These are in Adobe PDF format and some users may experience difficulty accessing them.
Proposals resulting from the review were considered by Cabinet in 2015 and an amendment bill was drafted. The Regulatory impact statement provides an analysis of options and the Cabinet paper (pdf, 112 KB) shows the proposals that were considered by Cabinet.
The Bill was introduced on 15 February 2018. It had its first reading on 20 February 2018 and was referred to the Health Select Committee for their consideration.
The Health Committee’s report is also available online.
The Bill was passed on 9 April 2019: Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019