Sterilisation legislation: information for health practitioners

Information about current sterilisation legislation reporting requirements and support for sterilisation providers in New Zealand.

Sterilisation legislation and reporting

The Ministry of Health is required to collect and report on sterilisation provision in New Zealand, under the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 (CSA Act).

The Director-General of Health has an obligation to review and report on whether there is timely and equitable access to these services.

The new Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Information Collection) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) are part of the CSA Act. They set out information collection requirements for abortion and sterilisation providers. These regulations came into effect on 24 September 2021.

The reporting requirements for sterilisation service providers include:

  • Annual reporting: sterilisation service providers are now required to submit annual reports on 31 March each year (from 2022) for all services provided in the preceding year.
  • Online notification: in line with updates made to abortion notification forms, the Ministry will be transitioning from paper to electronic notifications of sterilisation.

More information on the new online notification and annual reporting processes can be found on the Sterilisation Reporting page.

Sterilisation Services work programme

Regulation of and responsibility for sterilisation services now sits within the Ministry of Health Regulatory Assurance team, in the Health System Improvement and Innovation directorate.

This team is now the primary contact for sterilisation service providers.

If you have any questions or would like further information or support, you can reach team by emailing [email protected] or calling the Contact Centre on 0800 499 500 and asking to speak to one of the sterilisation team members in Regulatory Assurance.

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