Medicines Amendment Act 2016

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Medicines Amendment Act 2016

Public Act
2016 No 78
Date of assent
7 November 2016
see section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title

This Act is the Medicines Amendment Act 2016.

2 Commencement


This Act comes into force on a date appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council, and 1 or more Orders in Council may be made bringing different provisions into force on different dates.


Any provision that has not earlier been brought into force comes into force on the day that is 2 years after the date on which this Act receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Medicines Act 1981 (the principal Act).

4 Section 2 amended (Interpretation)

In section 2(1), replace the definition of nurse practitioner with:

nurse practitioner means a health practitioner who—


is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of nursing and whose scope of practice permits the performance of nurse practitioner functions; and


holds a current practising certificate

5 Section 105B amended (Regulations relating to designated prescribers)

Replace section 105B(1)(d) with:


requiring any designated prescriber or any class of designated prescriber who prescribes prescription medicines of any specified class or description to undertake those duties under the supervision of—


a practitioner, or any specified class of practitioner; or


a nurse practitioner:

Legislative history

11 October 2016

Divided from Health Practitioners (Replacement of Statutory References to Medical Practitioners) Bill (Bill 36–2) as Bill 36–3F

1 November 2016

Third reading

7 November 2016

Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.