Hon Todd McClay, in Committee, to move the following amendment:
New clause 7A
After clause 7 (after line 19 on page 9), insert:
7A Medicines Classification Committee
(1) Section 9(3) is amended by repealing paragraphs (a) and (b) and substituting the following paragraphs:
(2) Section 9 is amended by inserting the following subsection after subsection (3):
(3) Section 9(6) is repealed and the following subsections substituted:
“(6) If a member of the Committee dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the vacancy created must be filled in the manner in which the appointment to the vacant office was originally made.
“(6B) Despite subsection (6), the replacement of any member appointed before the commencement of the Medicines Amendment Act 2011 must be in accordance with subsections (3), (3A), and (6A).”
(4) Section 9(7) is amended by omitting
“nominated member of the Committee” and substituting
“member appointed under subsection (3)(a) or (b)”.
This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Medicines Amendment Bill. The amendment relates to the composition of the Medicines Classification Committee (the committee) under section 9(3) of the Medicines Act 1981. Currently, the committee must comprise 2 persons nominated by the New Zealand Medical Association, 2 persons nominated by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, and 2 officers from the Ministry of Health.
The amendment replaces—
the requirement that there be 2 persons nominated by the New Zealand Medical Association with a requirement that there be 2 medical practitioners; and
the requirement that there be 2 persons nominated by the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand with a requirement that there be 2 pharmacists.
The amendment also requires the Minister of Health to publish a notice inviting individuals and organisations to nominate candidates before the Minister appoints a medical practitioner or pharmacist as a member of the committee.