Consultation - Statement on Doctors and health-related commercial organisations


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We are reviewing our statement on Doctors and health-related commercial organisations and would value your feedback.

There is a potential for health-related commercial organisations to influence how doctors practise and the clinical decisions they make. It is important that doctors recognise this potential influence and take appropriate steps to manage any bias or conflicts of interest that may arise from interactions with health-related commercial organisations. 

Our draft statement outlines several principles to consider when interacting with health-related commercial organisations including the importance of integrity, being open and transparent, the need to prioritise the patient’s interests ahead of the doctor’s, and the potential to overtreat.

The draft statement discusses several areas where doctors may have to manage conflicts of interests such as when they provide care to patients, when making referrals, attending meetings and educational events supported or sponsored by health-related commercial organisations, and when engaging in research.

You can access further information about our consultation and other related information at these links:

Your input is important to us. We invite you to respond to the questions in the consultation paper using either the online form , or by emailing your submission to

The consultation closes on 14 October 2022.

We look forward to receiving your comments.

Ngā mihi nui

Joan Simeon
Chief Executive