This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations come into force on 20 September 2016. They permit certain registered nurses to prescribe prescription medicines that are specified for prescription by registered nurses by notice in the Gazette under section 105(5A) of the Medicines Act 1981. To be permitted to do so, registered nurses must meet the requirements of the regulations relating to qualifications, training, and competence.
The Nursing Council may specify details of the qualifications, training, and competence requirements by notice in the Gazette.
A registered nurse who does not meet those requirements must not prescribe the specified prescription medicines. A registered nurse who does so commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $500.
Date of notification in Gazette: 23 June 2016.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.