Health Freedom New Zealand
Submissions for the Natural Health Products Bill are due 24th February 2012
After consulting with analysts, members of the natural health industry, our panel of experts and board of trustees, Health Freedom is now in a position to give you more information to help you draft your submissions for the Natural Health Products Bill.
If Labour had won the last election they would have directed the regulation of NHP’s back to the TGA. The tabling of this Bill would have prevented them from doing that. As a result we have a rushed Bill with a lot of mistakes in it. It is somewhat better than the alternative.
Much of the legislation that is introduced in NZ can be found in similar guise in other countries. Our bureaucrats rely on other regulators in many instances.This is precisely what WE WANT TO AVOID.
The legislation proposed in the Joint Industry statement will be the first in the world to put NHP’s in their own category, instead of under foods or drugs. Neither of these categories have been appropriate as they are clearly not capable of allowing NHP’s to realise their potential.
We’ve said it before: Once again, we New Zealanders are MAKING HISTORY.
This is what led to the tabling of a ‘thin Bill’. The thinking was to add the detail in the regulations after the Bill had passed. While we understand the circumstances leading up to the tabling of a thin Bill, and we want to give our support to the new development of a stand alone regulator, the Bill in its current form is not acceptable to Health Freedom consumers and the industry, or other NGO’s in the Health Freedom community.
With such a Bill we would be completely dependent upon who was in charge. In the best case scenario it could be run exactly as intended in the Joint Industry statement, or in the worst case the administration of it could be delegated to the TGA.
The success of our joint efforts will be dependent on you doing your part and sending in your coherent, un-emotional, rational comments, with the details you want to be included in the Bill.
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