Consultation: Naming Practitioners Policy

Publication Date: 1 Nov, 2019

The Medical Sciences Council is required by the recently amended Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 to develop, consult on, and publish a Naming Policy by 12th April 2020 (which is one-year after the amended Act came into effect). The Naming policy requirements are set out in sections 157A to 157I of the Act and apply to the Council’s powers to publish a notice naming a health practitioner about whom any order or direction is made under the Act. 

The requirement for all responsible authorities to have a published Naming Policy reflects Parliament’s positon that there needs to be better visibility of decisions in respect of health practitioner practice.  Demonstration of greater transparency in decision making will help to ensure the public is able to ‘see’ that regulation is happening.
The amendments to the Act require that the Council, when making an order or direction concerning a practitioner, undertakes a policy process to determine whether or not to publish the practitioner’s name (under section 157), a summary of the Council’s findings, and the effect of the order or direction.  The following draft policy sets outs the Council’s decision making process around publishing the names of practitioners, when it will do so, and what it will consider when making that decision.

The Council invites feedback on its draft policy from its stakeholders including medical laboratory practitioners and anaesthetic technicians, relevant professional bodies, the Privacy Commissioner, the Director-General of Health, the Health and Disability Commissioner, and other individuals and organisations with an interest in this matter.
You can complete the online survey or email your submissions to 
A link to the Privacy Act 1993 can be found here.
A link to the HPCAA 2003 can be found here.
A link the the MSC's Naming Policy can be found here.
Your submissions must be be received by the close of business on Friday 10th January 2020.