|Name:||Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations 2016 (2016/272).|
|Subject(s):||Public Health Policy And Regulations|
|Type of legislation:||Regulation, Decree, Ordinance|
|Entry into force:|
|Bibliography:||Legislation on-line New Zealand Legislation, Parliamentary Counsel Office PDF (consulted on 2022-04-15)
|Abstract/Citation:||These regulations, which come into force on 4 January 2017, replace the Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations 1966 by updating them, particularly to give effect to changes to the Health Act 1956 (the Act) relating to the management of infectious diseases and to remove provisions that are now redundant or unnecessary.
The main changes are to
set new forms and minimum information requirements for notifications of infectious diseases by health practitioners, persons in charge of medical laboratories, and funeral directors. These forms require notifications to be on a nonidentified basis for particular diseases (such as HIV):
simplify and update provisions supporting the co-ordination of environmental health officers with medical officers of health in managing the public health risk of infectious diseases:
set notice requirements that ensure individuals against whom directions, notices, or orders are issued or made under Part 3 of the Act are informed of key information about the public health risk of diseases and options for support services:
set out the information that, under the Act, contact tracers may require from persons with, or suspected of having, infectious diseases about persons with whom they have been in contact:
remove provisions about local committees, lists of infectious diseases, and specific disease management measures as these are now adequately covered by the Act or other means.