News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Natural health products bill good for consumer


Media Release: June 16 2011

Natural health products bill good for consumer

The NZ Health Trust welcomes the decision by the Government to introduce a Natural Health Products Bill before the General Election in November.

Trust spokesman Dave Sloan says it is pleasing to see the regulator will sit within the Ministry of Health, but be separate to Medsafe, the pharmaceuticals medicines regulator.

“We are happy it supports a stand-alone regulatory system and from what we have seen so far it is risk proportionate and bears no resemblance to the Australian system,” Mr Sloan says. “A heavy-handed and expensive preapproval system, like the previously proposed ANZTPA joint agency approach, would not have been fair to either consumers, or the industry.

“We whole heartedly support Government’s acknowledgement that natural health products are distinct from pharmaceutical drugs and foods. Natural products have had a long history of safe use in this country. As it is proposed so far, it looks as though the regulation will secure a future for the natural health sector that encourages further research and development. At the same time it ensures consumers both retain their rights and get information and products that are produced to appropriate regulatory standards.”

Mr Sloan says the NZ Trust has been happy with the way the Government has worked well with the Green Party as well as consulted the natural health product sector and that the proposals recognise the relatively low-risk nature of natural health products.

While the devil is always in the detail, Mr Sloan says the NZ Health Trust looks forward to contributing its expertise further before the bill makes its way through Parliament.

ends



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NAISA: World's Indigenous People Gather In New Zealand

More than a thousand people from the Pacific and across the globe are in Hamilton for the Native American Indigenous Study Association conference at the University of Waikato. More>>

Stats NZ: Slight Fall In Overall Life Satisfaction

The average rating for overall life satisfaction is now 7.7, a slight fall from 7.8 in 2016 and 2014. However, the majority of Kiwis (81.1 percent) still rated their life satisfaction highly, as 7 or above on a 0 to 10 scale. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Ans Westra & The New Photography At Te Papa

Te Papa's latest exhibition and publication focuses its corrective lenses on eight outstanding photographic pioneers who forged a bold new style during the 1960s and 70s. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Making History

Jock Phillips is a pioneering public historian who has sought new ways to communicate history to a wide audience. His autobiographical memoir is a fascinating account of how perceptions of history have changed through his career. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland