(s7 & s9 Private Health Facilities Act 2007)
Applications are assessed against the Private Health Facilities Act 2007 and Private Health Facilities Regulation 2017, with particular reference to the Australasian Health Facilities Guidelines.
On receipt of an application for a licence, an acknowledgement letter is sent to the applicant advising that the application is being processed and routine checks have commenced to determine whether the Directors/Secretary are fit and proper persons to hold a licence to operate a private health facility.
The Ministry will review the 1:100 architectural plans supplied, and recommend modifications as required. This process can delay plan approval if extensive modifications are required, or if the applicant suggests alternative solutions which require further review.
Following the consideration of all available information, a letter will be sent to the proposed licensee advising whether approval in principle is given. If approval in principle is refused, written advice stating the reason for refusal and giving details on how to seek a review of the decision will be provided. If an approval in principle is issued the letter will nominate a contact officer to assist with the process prior to licensing.
An approval in principle of an application will only be issued under section 7 of the Private Health Facilities Act 2007 after:
The approval in principle letter will contain advice and detail conditions which must be complied with before the licence is issued.
The conditions that must be complied with include:
An approval in principle of an application for a licence is valid for a period of twelve months and is not transferable. The applicant may apply for an extension of the approval in principle, but the application for extension must be in writing, made before the twelve month period has expired, and be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
Before the licence is issued, a final inspection is carried out to ensure that the private health facility has been built in accordance with the approved plans and complies with the conditions of the approval in principle and all relevant legislation. The following information, as relevant to the classes of health services to be provided, is required before a licence is issued:
At the onsite commissioning inspection, all building, fire and other relevant certification will be required. Following the successful commissioning, a licence will be issued, endorsed for the specific classes and services specified in the application.
The new licensee is responsible for the conduct of the establishment as from the date of the licence.