Privacy Act & codes

This code sets specific rules for agencies in the health sector. It covers health information collected, used, held and disclosed by health agencies and takes the place of the information privacy principles for the health sector.

The Health Information Privacy Code applies to the health information about identifiable individuals and applies to:

  • all agencies providing personal or public health or disability services such as primary health organisations, district health boards, rest homes, supported accommodation, doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists; and
  • some agencies that do not provide health services to individuals but which are part of the health sector such as ACC, the Ministry of Health, the Health Research Council, health insurers and professional disciplinary bodies.

Quick tour of the Health Information Privacy Code rules [DOC, 173 KB].

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 and commentary (2008 edition)

A revised edition 2008 of the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, incorporating amendments and including revised commentary is available. This edition includes updated commentary aimed at helping those who work in the health sector understand the code.

You can order a copy of the Health Information Privacy Code by downloading and completing this document [PDF, 87 KB] and returning it to us. Copies of the code cost $20 each for orders of 10 copies or more.

Check out our Health Privacy Toolkit for more information.

Earlier amendments to the Health Information Privacy CodeĀ 

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 Amendment No. 1 (Temporary) - this amendment came into force on 9 February 1994 and expired on 30 June 1994.

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 Amendment No. 2 - this amendment came into force on 30 July 1995.

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 Amendment No. 3 - this amendment came into force on 30 September 1998.

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 Amendment No. 4 - this amendment came into force on 10 April 2000.

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 Amendment No. 5 - this amendment came into force on 30 July 2000.

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 Amendment No. 6 - this amendment came into force on 1 November 2007.
Explanatory note to Amendment No. 6

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 Amendment No. 7 [PDF, 91 KB] - this amendment came into force on 30 April 2013.
Explanatory note to Amendment No. 7