The Ministry of Health is the governing body in New Zealand in charge of managing and developing the country's health system. The ministry funds, monitors, and regulates the performance of the health sector, ensuring all legislative requirements are met. Within the Ministry of Health, the New Zealand Medicine and Medical Devices Safety Authority (MEDSAFE) is the unit responsible for regulating therapeutic products in the country.
By administering the Medicines Act 1981 and Regulations 1984, Medsafe regulates medicine, medical devices, and other related products, such as food or cosmetics with therapeutic uses. The authority is thus responsible for pre-market approval and post-market surveillance, such as monitoring adverse reactions and handling complaints, as well as auditing and licensing medical manufacturers.
A list of Medsafe regulations can be found here on our website.
- Website: http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/index.asp