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

 

Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>

Controversial Reforms: Te Papa Chief Executive To Step Down

Te Papa’s Chief Executive Geraint Martin announced today he will step down from the role at the end of the year. Mr Martin said he had achieved what he set out to do at the museum, and Te Papa was in a strong position for the future. More>>

ALSO:

A City Possessed: New Edition Of Book Coincides With Ellis Case Appeal

Originally published in 2001, A City Possessed is the harrowing account of one of New Zealand’s most high-profile criminal cases – a story of child sexual abuse allegations, gender politics and the law. More>>

ALSO:

Te Wiki O Te Reo: Tribute To NZers Embracing Te Reo

Māori Language Commissioner Rawinia Higgins says everyday New Zealanders are proving Māori language critics wrong by coming together and embracing our national, indigenous language. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Four Women In A Man Cave - The Pink Hammer

As the play's publicity package playfully inquires - “Five unhappy people in a shed full of tools. What could possibly go wrong?” More>>

Howard Davis: The NZSO Present Transfiguration

The rich, lush, and luxuriant music of Rachmaninov, Strauss, and Wagner will be in the capable hands of Asher Fisch and French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

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