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Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

2: Registration of, and practising certificates for, health practitioners

19   Authority may obtain information about application

    19 Authority may obtain information about application

  (1)  An authority must consider a duly completed application for registration
or for a change in the authorisation of an existing scope of practice as
soon as reasonably practicable after receiving it.

  (2)  The authority may, if it thinks fit, receive any information from, or
question, the applicant, or any other person, in respect of an application
being considered by the authority; for the purposes of any such questioning,
the authority may administer an oath to any person.

  (3)  Before the authority questions any other person about the applicant
under subsection (2), the authority must advise the applicant about the
identity of
the persons to be questioned and the nature of the questions.

  (4)  The authority may, if it thinks fit, require---

      (a)  any person to verify by statutory declaration any statement made by
the person in respect of an application being considered by the authority;

      (b)  the applicant to authorise the authority to obtain from an
educational institution, whether in New Zealand or abroad, certified copies of
any degree
or diploma on which the applicant's application is based; and

      (c)  the applicant to provide the authority with a certificate from a
nominated institute or body that the applicant is a person of good standing
with the
institute or body.

  (5)  The authority may, before authorising the registration of an applicant
or, as the case requires, authorising a change to the applicant's existing
scope of practice, require the applicant to take and pass an examination or
assessment that is set or recognised by the authority, for the purpose of
satisfying the authority in respect of either or both of the following:

      (a)  that the applicant is competent to practise, in New Zealand, within
the scope of practice in respect of which the applicant seeks to be, or agrees
be, registered:

      (b)  that the applicant's ability to communicate in and comprehend
English is sufficient to protect the health and safety of the public.

  (6)  A requirement under subsection (5) is part of the process of considering
the application and is not to be taken as a proposal to decline the
Compare: 1995 No 95 s 34(1)-(4)

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