What we do

The Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand is one of sixteen New Zealand health regulation authorities appointed by the Minister of Health under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act).  The Council is responsible for the administration of the Act in regards to two separate health professions - the profession of medical laboratory science and the profession of anaesthetic technology.

The Council is unique in that it is the first regulatory authority operating under the Act to accept responsibility for the statutory regulation of clinically disparate health professions:

  • Medical Laboratory Science; and
  • Anaesthetic Technology

The primary responsibility of the Council is to protect the health and safety of the New Zealand public using medical laboratory science and anaesthetic technology services (in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003).

Vision

To provide medical laboratory science and anaesthetic technology practitioners with a framework to deliver best practice health care service for the New Zealand public.

Council Responsibilities

In accordance with Section 118 of the Act, the Council is responsible for fulfilling a number of functions:

Prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the professions of   medical laboratory science and anaesthetic technology, and for that purpose,   to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of   studies or programmes.

Authorise the registration of health practitioners under the Act, and to maintain   registers.

Consider applications for annual practising certificates.

Review and promote the competence of health practitioners registered with the Council.

Recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health   practitioners registered with the Council.

Receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers, and the Health and   Disability Commissioner about the competence of health practitioners   registered with the Council.

Notify employers, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of   Health, and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practise of   a health practitioner registered with the Council may pose a risk   of harm to the public.

Consider the cases of health practitioners registered with the Council who may be unable   to perform the functions required for the practice of their relevant   profession.

Set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence, and ethical conduct to be observed   by health practitioners registered in each of the professions regulated   by the Council.

Liaise with other authorities appointed under the Act about matters of common interest.

Promote education and training in each of the professions regulated by the Council.

Promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the Council.

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

 

Each year the Council reviews its achievements in meeting its legislative responsibilities and sets future business objectives.  A copy of the New Zealand Medical Sciences Council Strategic Directions 2014 - 2017 document can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF below.