The Therapeutics Products Bill was introduced into Parliament on 30 November 2022. This mahi is being led by the Ministry of Health.

The Bill will replace the Medicines Act 1981 - it will also cover the making and supply of natural health products. Unless changes are made to exclude rongoā, both rongoā rākau and elements of rongoā practice will be regulated by the Bill, under the rules for natural health products.

Te Aka Whai Ora wants to ensure Māori, including the rongoā Māori sector and the whānau you serve, know what is in the Bill and how you can provide feedback on it. Most importantly, we want to ensure that your voice is elevated to help shape policy thinking and decision-making on the future sustainability of rongoā Māori. 

We've created two guides to help you understand what's in the Bill and how to make a submission to provide your feedback:

Guide to the Therapeutic Products Bill [PDF, 178 KB]

Guide to rongoā in the Therapeutic Products Bill [PDF, 338 KB]

Please note whānau, the timeframe for submissions has not been announced yet, but submissions may close in early 2023. 

If you would like to kōrero with us about this mahi or have any questions, please email us at rongoa@health.govt.nz.   

FAQs

1. What is the Therapeutic Products Bill?

 

Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health is working on a modern, comprehensive, cost-effective regulatory system for therapeutic products and natural health products in New Zealand, which will replace the Medicines Act 1981.

The Therapeutic Products Bill (the Bill) will regulate how therapeutic products (including medicines, medical devices, natural health products, active pharmaceutical ingredients and biologics (e.g., blood donations) are manufactured, tested, imported, promoted, supplied, and exported.

For more information about the Bill, please visit:

Manatū Hauora is leading an engagement process on the Therapeutic Products Bill as part of their rongoā workstream. If you would like to be involved, please contact them at maorihealth@health.govt.nz.

Te Aka Whai Ora is also undertaking mahi on rongoā that is separate to the Therapeutic Products Bill. For more information about the Te Aka Whai Ora work programme on rongoā, please follow this link Our work and priorities/Rongoā or email Te Aka Whai Ora at rongoa@health.govt.nz.

2. How can I make a submission on the Bill?

 

When the Bill reaches the Select Committee stage there will be an opportunity for people to have their say.

For information about how to make a submission on the Bill, you can follow this link: How to make a submission(external link).

To stay up to date on the progress of the Bill, you can visit this link on the New Zealand Parliament website at www.parliament.nz - Therapeutic Products Bill(external link).

3. How does the Therapeutic Products Bill affect Māori?

 

The Bill currently provides for the regulation of rongoā products, services, and practitioners as a natural health product.

Māori may also be interested in other parts of the Bill, for example in relation to accessing medicines and medical devices, to the way Māori data is collected and used, to other changes being proposed to the regulatory system.

Manatū Haoura is leading an engagement process on the Therapeutic Products Bill as part of their rongoā workstream. If you would like to be involved, please contact them at maorihealth@health.govt.nz.

Te Aka Whai Ora is also undertaking mahi on rongoā that is separate to the Therapeutic Products Bill. For more information about the Te Aka Whai Ora work programme on rongoā, please follow this link Our work and priorities/Rongoā or email Te Aka Whai Ora at rongoa@health.govt.nz.

 

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