Updates relating to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
The Chinese Medicine Council was established as a responsible authority under the HPCA Act on the 1st of November 2021. Council members were appointed by the Minister of Health in May 2022 and first met in July 2022. Registration of Chinese medicine practitioners opened in July 2023.
The first independent performance reviews of the responsible authorities were conducted this year. A report on the outcomes of each authority’s performance review has been posted on the respective authority’s website.
The Paramedic profession was regulated from 1 January 2020, and the Paramedic Council was established with inaugural appointments made on 21 June 2020.
The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019 was passed on 9 April 2019.
The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Bill was introduced to parliament on 15 February 2018. The Bill can be read on the New Zealand legislation website: Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Bill.
A strategic review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 began in 2012.
The objectives of the ongoing review are to assess how the operation of the Act can be improved, including how it continues to protect public safety in a changing health environment, and how it supports the development of New Zealand's health workforce now and in the future.
There was an invitation to submit comments on the proposal to regulate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Submissions closed on 19 August 2011.
This document provides the criteria and guidelines for health professions wanting to apply for regulation under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act. These criteria came into effect from 1 July 2010.