Authorised officers have powers under the Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulation 2022 to protect public health.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Health or a local government authority appoints suitably qualified and experienced authorised officers.
All officers carry a Certificate of Authority to produce upon request which includes the officer’s name, the nature and source of their powers, the organisation that provided the powers, the kind of businesses to which the power extends and the signature of the person who issued the certificate.
Authorised officers may visit a skin penetration business for routine inspections or to investigate a particular incident, for example, bacterial infection. These inspections may be undertaken without notice. Officers may also provide information, education and advice to businesses and thepublic.
The powers of authorised officers are outlined in Part 8 of the Public Health Act 2010 (the Act). Generally, the powers relate to:
Action may be taken if a business fails to comply with the Act or Public Health Regulations 2022. This may include:
Under the Act it is also an offence for a person, without a reasonable excuse, to:
Intimidating or willfully obstructing an authorised officer can incur a maximum penalty of $11,000 or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.