Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

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118 Functions of authorities


The functions of each authority appointed in respect of a health profession are as follows:


to prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes:


to authorise the registration of health practitioners under this Act, and to maintain registers:


to consider applications for annual practising certificates:


to review and promote the competence of health practitioners:


to recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health practitioners:


to receive information from any person about the practice, conduct, or competence of health practitioners and, if it is appropriate to do so, act on that information:


to notify employers, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of Health, and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practice of a health practitioner may pose a risk of harm to the public:


to consider the cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the profession:


to set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence (including competencies that will enable effective and respectful interaction with Māori), and ethical conduct to be observed by health practitioners of the profession:


to liaise with other authorities appointed under this Act about matters of common interest:


to promote and facilitate inter-disciplinary collaboration and co-operation in the delivery of health services:


to promote education and training in the profession:


to promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority:


to exercise and perform any other functions, powers, and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.


Standards under subsection (1)(i) are secondary legislation (see Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019 for publication requirements).

Legislation Act 2019 requirements for secondary legislation made under this section
PublicationIt is not required to be publishedLA19 s 73(2)
PresentationIt is not required to be presented to the House of Representatives because a transitional exemption applies under Schedule 1 of the Legislation Act 2019LA19 s 114, Sch 1 cl 32(1)(a)
DisallowanceIt may be disallowed by the House of Representatives LA19 ss 115, 116
This note is not part of the Act.

Section 118(1)(f): replaced, on 12 April 2019, by section 37(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 11).

Section 118(1)(i): amended, on 12 April 2019, by section 37(2) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 11).

Section 118(1)(ja): inserted, on 12 April 2019, by section 37(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 11).

Section 118(2): inserted, on 28 October 2021, by section 3 of the Secondary Legislation Act 2021 (2021 No 7).