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Natural Health Products Bill

Following the failure of an attempt to harmonise NZ natural product legislation with that of the restrictive Australian TGA regime, a more ‘natural products friendly’ set of regulations has been drawn up.

HealthPost has made a submission in support of the detailed submission made by Natural Products New Zealand, the national industry organisation which canvassed its members for their input.

HealthPost believes it is vital that the eventual legislation reflects the very low risk nature and history of natural product use, does not restrict choice or innovation, and does not add a significant layer of cost to those who take responsibility, unsubsidised, for their own health.

Consultation on the Natural Health & Supplementary Products Bill (as it is officially known) is now open for public feedback until 5pm Friday 5th February 2016. Submissions can be made by emailing [email protected] View the consultation document, draft papers and further information here.

Consultation is also open on the draft Permitted Substances list. You can view the list of draft Permitted Substances here. You may ask for the substances not on the list to be considered for addition to the draft list up to 31 May 2016.

The Natural Health & Supplementary Products Bill provides for —

  • the establishment of a natural health products regulator within the Ministry of Health;
  • natural health products to be notified to an online register;
  • recognition of assessments by approved regulators of ingredients;
  • claims and evidence of health benefits, and manufacturing standards;
  • a list of prohibited ingredients;
  • notification of new ingredients prior to marketing;
  • export certification;
  • an appeals mechanism;
  • regulation-making powers to set labelling requirements;
  • manufacturing standards, and standards of evidence required to make a claim of health benefit;
  • an exemption from notification and manufacturing requirements for certain categories of product, including those made by a practitioner for a patient;
  • the appointment of a technical expert advisory committee.

For more information see:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2011/0324/latest/DLM3984610.html

http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/natural-health-and-supplementary-products

If you have concerns about the passing of this bill, you might be interested in some of the alternative viewpoints and analysis of Health Freedom NZ and the NZ Health Trust.

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