Fitness to Practise and English Language Requirements

When applying for registration you must be able to demonstrate to the Council you are fit to practise in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

Requirements for Fitness for Registration in New Zealand

Section 16 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 provides that you may not be registered to practise in New Zealand if: 

  • you do not satisfy us that you can communicate effectively
  • you do not satisfy us that you can speak and understand English well enough to protect the health and safety of the public 
  • you have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of three months or longer, and that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you have a mental or physical condition that prevents you from performing the functions required for the practice of your profession
  • you face professional disciplinary proceedings that reflect adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you are being investigated about a matter that may be the subject of professional disciplinary proceedings, and that investigation reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • you are subject to an order of a professional disciplinary tribunal, an educational institution or of an authority or a similar body that reflects adversely on your fitness to practise
  • we have reason to believe that you may endanger the health and safety of the public

If you have been convicted as per above, you must be able to satisfy the Council that the offence does not reflect adversely on your fitness to practise in the profession of medical laboratory science or anaesthetic technology.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the Council they are able to communicate effectively, and their ability to communicate in, and comprehend English (inclusive of speaking, reading, listening and writing) is sufficient to protect the health and safety of the public.

For further information refer to the Medical Sciences Council's English Language Requirements Policy

Criminal history checks

The following criminal history checks are accepted by the Council:

For countries not on this list, please check the Immigration New Zealand website.