June 12, 2023

We strongly urge the New Zealand Government to pause proceeding with the Therapeutic Products Bill and to constructively consult and engage with your Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners, the various organisations affected, and their respective representatives before proceeding to the second and third readings of the Bill.

Following an analysis of the 16,645 submissions to the Health Select Committee, many submitters do not object to replacing the Medicines Act 1981 and the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985. A further analysis of the submissions reveals however, that many if not all submissions, have serious concerns about how the omnibus Bill has been drafted and what the consequences will be for tangata whenua and New Zealanders.

We welcome the opportunity to work with our lawmakers in a forum that resolves the issues identified from the submissions made about the Therapeutic Products Bill, so that the proposed law works for all now and into the future.