to prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and. The Council is a statutory body continued in existence by the Health Practitioners . Competence Assurance Act (the Act). The Act sets out several functions. Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act Public Act No Date of assent 18 September Commencement see section.

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Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act have been made in this official reprint. This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health. Home Advanced search Browse About this site.

Search within this Act. Add to web feed Order a commercial print. Reprint as at 7 March Note Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act have been made in this official reprint. Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated. Preliminary and key provisions. Registration of, and practising certificates for, health practitioners.

Prescribed scopes of practice, qualifications, and experience. Registration of practitioners and authorisations of scopes of practice. Competence, fitness to practise, and quality assurance. Inability to perform required functions. Referral of complaints and interim suspensions.

Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Procedure and decisions of Tribunal.

Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act | Ministry of Health NZ

Funding of Tribunal and recovery of costs and fines. Continuation and establishment of authorities. Status and functions wct authorities. Financial matters and annual report.

Corporate and administrative matters governed by Schedule 3. Authorities to keep registers. Miscellaneous provisions, consequential amendments and repeals, and transitional provisions. Consequential amendments, repeals, and revocations. Savings aact exemptions under Medical Auxiliaries Act Repeal of Part 6 of Medical Practitioners Act and savings. Interpretation of terms used in this subpart. Persons registered under former registration Acts deemed to be registered under this Act.


Persons deemed registered under this Act deemed to have authorised scope of practice. Unexpired annual practising certificates and licences and continuation of exemptions. Registrations subject to time limits under former registration Acts. Pending applications for registration. Complaints and disciplinary proceedings. Period of transition for membership of continuing authorities. Following enactment of this Act no elections to be held for registration bodies. Registrars to make necessary entries.

Continuation of status of educational institutions. Provisions applying to Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Bodies continued in existence and appointed as authorities in respect of health professions. Provisions applying to authorities. Amendments to Accident Insurance Act for transitional purposes. The Parliamentary Counsel Office www. Act binds the Crown. Unqualified person must not claim to be health practitioner.

Health practitioners must not practise outside scope of practice. Certain activities restricted to particular health practitioners. Power to issue search warrants in respect of offences against section 7 or section 9.

Authorities must specify scopes of practice. Qualifications must be prescribed. Principles guiding the prescribing of qualifications. Provisions relating to notices under sections 11 and Requirements for registration of practitioners.

Applications for registration of health practitioners and authorisations of scopes of practice. Authority may obtain information about application. Authority must inform applicant that it proposes to depart from indicated scope of practice or to decline application.

Authority may authorise scope of practice or changed scope of practice. Contents of authorisation of scope of practice. Assessment of practitioners practising under supervision. Decisions of authority on registration. Decisions of authority on change to existing scope of practice. Applications for annual practising certificate. Restrictions on issue of annual practising certificate. Procedure for considering applications. Decisions of authority as to practising certificate and scope of practice.

Currency of annual practising certificate.

Scope of practice must be endorsed on practising certificates. Surrender of practising certificate. Notification that practice below required standard of competence.

Authority must notify certain persons of risk of harm to public. Matters to be observed in reviewing competence. Interim suspension of practising certificate or inclusion of conditions in scope of practice pending review or assessment. Health practitioners may be required to make records available. Unsatisfactory results of competence programme or recertification programme.


Notification of inability to perform required functions due to mental or physical condition. Power to seek medical advice.

Interim suspension of practising certificate or inclusion of conditions in scope of practice in cases of suspected inability to perform required functions due to mental or physical condition. Power to order medical examination. Restrictions may be imposed in case of inability to perform required functions. Revocation of suspension or conditions.

Purpose of sections 54 to Application for, and conferral of, protection on quality assurance activity. Minister must appoint person responsible for activity. Revocation of protection or revocation of appointment of person responsible. Consequence of not replacing person responsible for activity in certain cases. Exceptions to prohibition on disclosure. Minister may authorise disclosure of information.

About the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act

Application of Legislation Act to notices under section Response to complaints referred by Health and Disability Commissioner. Health and Disability Commissioner must notify authority of pending complaint. Referral of complaints and notices of conviction to professional conduct committee.

Interim suspension of practising certificate pending prosecution or investigation. No action to be taken while matter under investigation by Health and Disability Commissioner. Committees may regulate own procedure. Committees may appoint legal advisers and investigators. Information to be given to practitioner and h;ca.

Practitioners and complainants may request changes in membership of professional conduct committee. Professional conduct committees may receive evidence. Powers to call for information or documents.