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Successful collaboration supports health and wellbeing of New Zealanders


A standards and accreditation seminar for health and disability sector agencies was held at MBIE’s Wellington offices on Wednesday 13 November. It explored how the regulation, international standards and accreditation community can work with the health and disability sector to minimise risk and help deliver positive health outcomes for all New Zealanders.


New standard brings critical road ambulance and aeromedical services up to date

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NZS 8156:2019 Ambulance, paramedicine, and patient transfer services has been revised, in partnership with Ambulance New Zealand, bringing best practice in this sector up to date. This standard is the basis for measuring quality, safety, and competency within New Zealand’s road ambulance and aeromedical services.

Health standards proposed for withdrawal

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At present we are consulting on three Standards New Zealand publications in the health sector. These publications are proposed for withdrawal as they contain material that is out of date and in the opinion of the Ministry of Health they are not fit for purpose. 

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  • Proposals to withdraw health standards

    It’s important that standards in the health sector are valid and up to date. However, many standards in this sector were written over 10 years ago and some are 15 years old or older. We want to check with stakeholders in the health sector about what to do with 24 such standards. They cover subjects such as health and disability services, mental health sector auditing, ambulance and paramedic services, and fertility services.

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  • Standard for measuring exposure to radiation gets updated

    Ionising radiation can save lives, but it can also cause serious harm. Getting the right measurement of exposure to ionising radiation in any situation is at the heart of an ISO standard that has recently been updated.

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The health sector

As New Zealand has a multi-faceted health-care system there are many standards, workbooks, and audit workbooks to meet different needs. The development of the documents is carried out by committees of the appropriate industry experts who often include providers, health care organisations, insurers, and consumer representatives.

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