Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977

  • This version was reprinted on 26 February 2016 to make corrections to section 2 under section 25(1)(j)(ii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
14 Functions and powers of Supervisory Committee

(1)

The Supervisory Committee shall have the following functions:

(a)

to keep under review all the provisions of the abortion law, and the operation and effect of those provisions in practice:

(b)

to receive, consider, grant, and refuse applications for licences or for the renewal of licences under this Act, and to revoke any such licence:

(c)

to prescribe standards in respect of facilities to be provided in licensed institutions for the performance of abortions:

(d)

to take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure—

(i)

that licensed institutions maintain adequate facilities for the performance of abortions; and

(ii)

that all staff employed in licensed institutions in connection with the performance of abortions are competent:

(e)

to take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure that sufficient and adequate facilities are available throughout New Zealand for counselling women who may seek advice in relation to abortion:

(f)

to recommend maximum fees that may be charged by any person in respect of the performance of an abortion in any licensed institution or class of licensed institutions, and maximum fees that may be charged by any licensed institution or class of licensed institutions for the performance of any services or the provision of any facilities in relation to any abortion:

(g)

to obtain, monitor, analyse, collate, and disseminate information relating to the performance of abortions in New Zealand:

(h)

to keep under review the procedure, prescribed by sections 32 and 33, whereby it is to be determined in any case whether the performance of an abortion would be justified:

(i)

to take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure that the administration of the abortion law is consistent throughout New Zealand, and to ensure the effective operation of this Act and the procedures thereunder:

(j)

from time to time to report to and advise the Minister of Health and any district health board established by or under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 on the establishment of clinics and centres, and the provision of related facilities and services, in respect of contraception and sterilisation:

(k)

to report annually to Parliament on the operation of the abortion law.

(2)

The Supervisory Committee shall have all such reasonable powers, rights, and authorities as may be necessary to enable it to carry out its functions.

Section 14(1)(j): substituted, on 1 January 2001, by section 111(1) of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (2000 No 91).