BCG Vaccinator Endorsement

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

This policy describes the requirements for an authorised vaccinator to receive BCG endorsement to administer BCG vaccine as part of an approved BCG immunisation programme.

The Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 came into effect on 4 January 2017, repealing the Tuberculosis Act 1948 and the Tuberculosis Regulations 1951.

Under the Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016:

  • tuberculosis will be notifiable under the Health Act 1956 instead of the Tuberculosis Act 1948,
  • all new BCG vaccinators are required to become authorised vaccinators under clauses 44A(1) and 44A(2) of the Medicines Regulations 1984 and then seek endorsement as a BCG vaccinator from their local Medical Officer of Health, and
  • all existing gazetted BCG vaccinators will be given national BCG vaccinator endorsement by the Ministry of Health for a two year period up until 4 January 2019 after which they will be required to seek regional BCG vaccinator endorsement from their local Medical Officer of Health.

 Visit the Ministry of Health Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) Vaccinator Endorsement webpage for full details about the changes and Appendix 4 of the electronic Immunisation Handbook 3rd Edition. For information about the online BCG Vaccination Course contact our Education and Training Office by email