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Organisation : Ministry of Health
Facility Name : Applying For Health Care Services Certification
Country : New Zealand
Website : https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/certification-health-care-services/information-providers-health-care-services/applying-certification

Applying for certification

This section provides online application forms and all the supporting information you need to assist you in making an application for certification under the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001.

How To Apply Health Care Services Certification?

You can for apply for Health Care Services certification online by visiting the Provider Regulation website.

Step 1: Go to the link https://providerregulation.health.govt.nz/oprans/legal/new
Step 2: Enter Legal Entity Summary
Step 3: Enter Organisation Contact Details
Step 4: Enter Contact person
Step 5: Enter Executive Contact Person
Step 6: Enter Person Applying
Step 7: Click on Submit button

Required supporting documents and payment

** Payment of the application fee of $419.11. An invoice will be emailed to your organisation’s contact person as part of the online application process.
** An audit of the services to be provided by a designated auditing agency.

Additional supporting documents for new providers
**If purchasing an existing service, then written confirmation will be required from the solicitors acting for you that settlement has taken place.
**This will have to occur after the Ministry has given you a letter of intent to certify, following the audit undertaken by your designated auditing agency.

Health care services

The services you may apply to be certified to provide are:
1. Hospital Care
**Children’s Health Services
**Surgical Services
**Medical Services
**Maternity Services
**Mental Health Services
**Geriatric Services
2. Rest Home Care
3. Residential Disability Care
**Intellectual Services
**Physical Services
**Sensory Services
**Psychiatric Services
4. Fertility Services

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Application processing

The Ministry of Health will make an assessment for the purposes of satisfying the Director-General of Health that your health and/or disability service meets the relevant standards and the requirements of the Act.

This assessment will entail a review of:
** your application for certification
** the audit report with any corrective actions to be taken
** other relevant matters held by the Ministry of Health.
Once all the requirements for certification are met, you will be issued with a certificate for the services you provide. The Ministry of Health requires 20 working days, from the date of receipt of all required documentation/information from you and your designated auditing agency, to process your application and issue a certificate. Please take this into consideration when deciding to apply. Consult with your auditing agency well in advance to schedule your audit.

Information to be provided to the Director-General of Health

Once certified it is important to be familiar with the information you are required to provide to the Director-General during your period of certification.

A certified provider must advise the Director-General of Health in writing of any of the following events in accordance with Section 31 of the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001:
** changes to the contact details for your organisation
** new fixed locations at which services are to be offered
** changes in membership of ’s governing body
** serious incidents that have or may put at risk the health or safety of people for whom services are being provided
** police investigations related to the service or the premises where services are delivered
** death of a person to whom you provided services that is required to be reported to a coroner under the Coroners Act 2006.
Please ensure you take the time to familiarise yourself with the full details of section 31 of the Act, which details the information that must be provided.

Expiry of certification

**Before your certification expires you will need to arrange with your auditing agency for an audit to be completed, and make an application for re-certification. You will need to allow adequate time for this audit and certification process. If your initial certification expires before new certification is approved, you will not be legally entitled to continue to provide the services.
**The Ministry of Health requires 20 working days from the date it receives all required documentation/information from you and your designated auditing agency. Please take this into consideration when deciding when to apply. Consult with your auditing agency well in advance to schedule your audit.

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