This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after their notification in the Gazette, amend the Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights) Regulations 1996.
The Code set out in the Schedule of those regulations provides in right 7(10) that any body parts or bodily substances removed or obtained in the course of a health care procedure may be stored, preserved, or used only with the informed consent of the consumer. The effect of the amendment made by these regulations is to dispense with the need for the consumer's consent to the storage, preservation, or use of the parts or substances if the use is
•for the purposes of research that has received ethical approval; or
•for the purposes of a professionally recognised quality assurance programme; or
•for the purposes of an external audit or an external evaluation.