Joint Green Party-Government legislation to set up a natural
health regulator is being tabled in Parliament today.
Green Party MP Sue Kedgley said the stand-alone regulator
would work to protect the growing number of people using
natural health products.
"The Green Party strongly supports natural healthcare and I
am delighted that more and more people are using these
"We want to ensure the sector continues to flourish and that
all products on the market are high quality, safe and
The proposed natural health regulation would cover a wide
range of products such as vitamins and Chinese medicines.
There are more than 6000 natural health products on sale in
New Zealand and over 450 natural health companies. Those
companies have an estimated annual turnover of $760 million.
The initiative to create a natural health regulator, within
the Ministry of Health, was developed under the Green and
National parties' Memorandum of Understanding.
The legislation to create the natural health regulator is
expected to have its first reading in Parliament shortly and
is likely to come into effect next year.