Reprint as at 7 December 2014

Health Research Council Act 1990

Public Act1990 No 68
Date of assent1 August 1990
Commencementsee section 1(2)


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 Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.



1 Short Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind the Crown

4 Purpose

Part 1
Health Research Council of New Zealand

5 Health Research Council of New Zealand

6 Functions of Council

7 Powers of Council

8 Membership of Council

9 Term of office [Repealed]

10 Extraordinary vacancies [Repealed]

11 Chairperson [Repealed]

12 Deputy Chairperson [Repealed]

Research committees

13 Biomedical Research Committee

14 Principal function of Biomedical Research Committee

15 Public Health Research Committee

16 Principal function of Public Health Research Committee

17 General functions of research committees

18 Procedures for ranking applications

19 Other procedures of research committees

20 Membership of research committees

Maori Health Committee

21 Maori Health Committee

22 Principal functions of Maori Health Committee

23 Membership of Maori Health Committee

Ethics Committee

24 Ethics Committee

25 Functions of Ethics Committee

26 Membership of Ethics Committee

General provisions relating to committees


27 Appointment of committees [Repealed]

28 Power of committees to appoint subcommittees [Repealed]

29 Power of delegation [Repealed]

30 Procedure of committees [Repealed]

Grants for health research

31 Consideration of applications

32 Reports on research

33 Availability of results of research

34 Liaison with other organisations

Miscellaneous provisions

35 Contracts of Council [Repealed]

36 Seal [Repealed]

37 Rules [Repealed]

38 Annual report

39 Exemption from income tax

40 Further provisions applying to Council

41 Authority to make contributions for purposes of health research

42 Protection of persons acting under authority of Act [Repealed]

43 Regulations

Part 2
Dissolution of Medical Research Council of New Zealand

44 Dissolution of Medical Research Council of New Zealand

45 Assets and liabilities

46 Vesting of assets

47 Proceedings

48 Transitional provision in relation to persons employed on research and as tenured investigators

49 Other transitional provision

50 Final accounts of Medical Research Council of New Zealand

Part 3
Consequential amendments and repeals

51 Consequential amendment to War Pensions Act 1954 [Repealed]

52 Consequential amendment to Ministry of Transport Act 1968

53 Consequential amendments to Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act 1968

54 Consequential amendment to Estate and Gift Duties Act 1968

55 Consequential amendments to Stamp and Cheque Duties Act 1971 [Repealed]

56 Consequential amendment to Income Tax Act 1976 [Repealed]

57 Consequential amendment to Medicines Act 1981

58 Consequential amendments to Official Information Act 1982 [Repealed]

59 Repeals

Schedule 1
Provisions applying in respect of Council

Schedule 2
Enactments repealed

Finance Act 1994

Reprint notes

An Act—

  • (a) to establish the Health Research Council of New Zealand and to define its functions and powers; and

  • (b) to dissolve the Medical Research Council of New Zealand; and

  • (c) to provide for matters incidental thereto