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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.

Health Information Privacy Code 1994 and commentary (2008 edition)

This is the current consolidated version of the Health Information Privacy Code 1994. Previous amendments to the Code are on a separate page.

Earlier amendments to the Health Information Privacy Code. 

NB: This edition of the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, incorporates amendments 1-6 and includes updated commentary  aimed at helping those who work in the health sector understand the code.  Disclaimer:  please note that the actual code part of the commentary is out of date. 

If you wish to order a copy of the Health Information Privacy Code, please email us at orders@privacy.org.nz.  

Check out our Health Privacy Toolkit for more information.