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Health professional regulatory bodies

There are 16 regulatory bodies who operate under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003), including the Medical Council. These are the other regulatory bodies.

Chiropractic Board
Dental Council
Dietitians Board
Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand
Medical Radiation Technologists Board
Midwifery Council
Nursing Council of New Zealand
Occupational Therapy Board
Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board
Osteopathic Council
Pharmacy Council
Physiotherapists Board
Podiatrists Board
Psychologists Board
Psychotherapy Board 

Read more about the HPCAA here.

The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) was passed in September 2003. The HPCAA applies to all health practitioners, not just doctors.

The HPCAA established separate regulatory authorities like the Medical Council of New Zealand to enact the legislation for each group of health practitioners. Each regulatory authority works within the same regulatory framework of the HPCAA. 

Purpose of Act 

The principal purpose of this Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for ways to ensure that all health practitioners are competent and fit to practice their professions.

The mechanisms to support the purposes are:

  • Scopes of practice describe and define the boundaries of each profession.
  • To ensure professional competence has to be proven in order to register as a health practitioner.
  • Evidence of continuing professional competence is required when a health practitioner applies for an annual practising certificate in order to be able to continue to practice.
  • A Regulatory Authority can suspend a practitioner's practising certificate, impose conditions on a scope of practice or alter a practitioner's scope of practice.

The Act requires all doctors register Medical Council. If a doctor is not registered with the Council and does not hold a current practising certificate then they can not practise medicine in

New Zealand


Chiropractic Board
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