Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited) Notice 2009

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  • Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited) Notice 2009: expired, on 16 February 2014, pursuant to section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

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as at 16 February 2014

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Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited) Notice 2009

(SR 2009/33)

  • Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited) Notice 2009: expired, on 16 February 2014, pursuant to section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).


Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.


Pursuant to section 54 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Minister of Health gives the following notice.

Notice

1 Title
  • This notice is the Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited) Notice 2009.

2 Commencement
  • This notice comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

3 Declaration of protected quality assurance activity
  • The RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited Key Incident Monitoring and Management System described in the Schedule is a protected quality assurance activity.


Schedule
Description of RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited Key Incident Monitoring and Management System

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1 Interpretation
  • In this schedule,—

    activity means the RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited Key Incident Monitoring and Management System

    participant means a health practitioner who is participating in the activity and who is—

    • (a) a pathologist or medical laboratory scientist; and

    • (b) registered with, or a member of a group registered with, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia; and

    • (c) engaged in laboratory diagnostic processes in New Zealand.

2 Objective
  • The objective of the activity is to improve—

    • (a) the standard of practices of the participants; and

    • (b) the error rate of the participants through improving the quality of laboratory testing processes; and

    • (c) the competence of the participants.

3 Information
  • The activity is based on information derived from the participants.

4 Activity
  • The activity involves—

    • (a) reporting incidents and errors in the pre-analytical phase of the laboratory testing process (such as issues with patient identification, test ordering, specimen taking, and specimen labelling); and

    • (b) reporting incidents and errors in the post-analytical phase (such as accuracy and timeliness of result release, results sent to the incorrect place, amendment or retraction of pathology results already issued); and

    • (c) aggregating the reports received from all participants under paragraphs (a) and (b); and

    • (d) conducting comparisons on the reports of each participant with the aggregated reports of all participants; and

    • (e) compiling statistical data in respect of the comparisons undertaken in paragraph (d); and

    • (f) providing to each participant—

      • (i) the result of the comparison conducted under paragraph (d) in respect of the participant's reports; and

      • (ii) access to the statistical data compiled under paragraph (e).

Dated at Wellington this 16th day of February 2009.

Hon Tony Ryall,
Minister of Health.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This notice, which comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, declares the RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited Key Incident Monitoring and Management System (the activity) to be a protected quality assurance activity. The effect of this declaration is that, subject to certain exceptions,—

  • any information that becomes known solely as a result of the activity is confidential; and

  • any documents brought into existence solely for the purposes of the activity are confidential; and

  • the persons who engage in the activity in good faith are immune from civil liability.

Under section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, this notice remains in force for a period of 5 years after the date on which it is issued, unless it is sooner revoked.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 26 February 2009.


Reprints notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Pty Limited) Notice 2009 that incorporates all the amendments to that notice as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status
  • Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes
4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48): section 54(4)