All practitioners registered with the Medical Sciences Council need to be aware of the recent government announcement regarding the requirement for all health workers to be fully vaccinated. Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, all registered practitioners must be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021.

 As practitioners registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, this is a mandated government requirement. 

Practitioners should be aware of the timeframe for mandatory vaccinations:

  • First dose required by 30 October 2021
  • Second dose required by 1 December 2021

CPD Programmes Medical Laboratory Technician & Medical Laboratory Pre Analytical Technician

Recertification programme for Medical Laboratory Technicians and Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technicians

The Council has accredited the following CPD Programme Provider for Medical Laboratory Technicians and Pre-Analytical Technicians

  • New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS)
  • Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG)

NZIMLS and APHG has met the Council’s-accreditation standards as set out in the “Standards for Accredited CPD Programme Providers” policy document. 

When other providers are granted accreditation, they will be added to the list.

CPD Requirements:

The new CPD requirements for Medical Laboratory Technicians and Medical Laboratory Pre-Analytical Technicians will apply from 1 January 2021.

  • 24-hours of CPD within each two-year cycle (biennium).
  • At least 9-hours of CPD each-year of the relevant biennium.
  • 14 hours of CPD must relate to activities classified as substantive CPD each biennium.

CPD and compliance audit

Each year 20% of currently practising medical laboratory science practitioners – that is, they hold an annual practising certificate – will be selected for audit. The audit provides assurance to the public and the Minister of Health that medical laboratory science practitioners are engaging in appropriate CPD that supports their ongoing competence to practise.


You may be exempted from audit if you are currently:

  • On maternity leave.
  • Working overseas.
  • On long-term sick leave (i.e. more than 3 months) and provide a medical certificate.
  • Experiencing a family bereavement that results in non-practice for greater than 3 months.

All requests to be exempted from an audit must be made within 14 working days of you being notified you have been selected for audit. You can email these requests to