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 (the Secretary) or a local government authority appoints suitably qualified and experienced authorised officers.
Following amendments to the Public Health Act 2010 (the Act) in October 2022, authorised officers must be issued with an identification (ID) card that is in the approved form and contains a recent photograph. A certificate of authority that was issued prior to the amendment is taken to be an ID card until the certificate of authority expires, or an ID card is issued, whichever comes first.
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 Act. Generally, the powers relate to:
Action may be taken if a business fails to comply with the Act or Regulation. 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.