Medicines Amendment Act 2016

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Reprint as at 31 January 2018

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Medicines Amendment Act 2016

Public Act
2016 No 78
Date of assent
7 November 2016
see section 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.

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title

This Act is the Medicines Amendment Act 2016.

2 Commencement


This Act comes into force on a date appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council, and 1 or more Orders in Council may be made bringing different provisions into force on different dates.


Any provision that has not earlier been brought into force comes into force on the day that is 2 years after the date on which this Act receives the Royal assent.

Section 2(1): this Act brought into force, on 31 January 2018, by clause 2 of the Medicines Amendment Act 2016 Commencement Order 2017 (LI 2017/195).

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Medicines Act 1981 (the principal Act).

4 Section 2 amended (Interpretation)

In section 2(1), replace the definition of nurse practitioner with:

nurse practitioner means a health practitioner who—


is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of nursing and whose scope of practice permits the performance of nurse practitioner functions; and


holds a current practising certificate

5 Section 105B amended (Regulations relating to designated prescribers)

Replace section 105B(1)(d) with:


requiring any designated prescriber or any class of designated prescriber who prescribes prescription medicines of any specified class or description to undertake those duties under the supervision of—


a practitioner, or any specified class of practitioner; or


a nurse practitioner:

Reprints notes
1 General

This is a reprint of the Medicines Amendment Act 2016 that incorporates all the amendments to that Act 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

Editorial and format changes to reprints are made using the powers under sections 24 to 26 of the Legislation Act 2012. See also

4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint

Medicines Amendment Act 2016 Commencement Order 2017 (LI 2017/195)