Current standards

The principal function of the Medical Council of New Zealand is to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring that doctors are competent and fit to practise. We do this by setting standards of clinical and cultural competence and ethical conduct for doctors.

Our current standards set out the principles and values that define good medical practice, and outline what we expect from doctors in all aspects of their professional behaviour.

Our current standards are used by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the Council and the Health and Disability Commissioner as benchmarks against which doctors are measured.