Consultation on a Naming Policy under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

Consultation on a Naming Policy under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

Changes made to the Health Practitioner Competence Assurance Act 2003 require Council to develop a policy that outlines what its decision-making process will be around publicly releasing the names of practitioners; when it will do so; and what it will take into account when making that decision.

Greater transparency as a means to improve public confidence in health regulation has been a big driver behind many of the changes to the Act, including a naming policy requirement. More detail on the requirement for a naming policy is included in the attached consultation document.

Council has agreed on a policy position and approved a draft Naming Policy for stakeholder consultation.

We invite your feedback

We now seek your feedback on the draft Naming Policy. All feedback received will inform the Council’s view as it works towards a final Naming Policy.

As set out in the Council’s guidelines on consultation, we invite comment from all practitioners, professional associations and societies, the Privacy Commissioner, the Director-General of Health, the Health and Disability Commissioner, and other organisations with an interest in this area.

The consultation document and a discussion paper on the topic are also available to view.

Submissions are publicly available

All submissions received will be published on the Council’s website and will remain there as a public record. If you are an individual making a submission, only your name and profession (if you are a registered health practitioner), will be published on the Council’s website. All personal contact details will be removed from your submission.

As this is a public consultation, “in confidence” information will only be accepted under special circumstances. Please contact us before submitting material in confidence. The Council holds the right not to publish any derogatory or inflammatory submissions.

The submission period closes by end of business on 6 December 2019. 

Please complete the online survey or email your submissions to Alternatively, you can post submissions to Dental Council, PO Box 10-448, Wellington 6143.


Next steps

Council will review and consider all feedback from this consultation with a view to finalising the Naming Policy by early 2020. The Act requires such policy to be issued by 12 April 2020 and made available for viewing on the Council website.