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 [email protected]