The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 enables the Board to appoint a professional conduct committee (PCC) to investigate a complaint received by the Board alleging that the practice or conduct of a health practitioner registered with the Board may pose a risk of harm or serious harm to the public.
The Board may decide to refer a complaint referred by the Health and Disability Commissioner to a PCC.
The Board must refer all notifications that a registered health practitioner has been convicted in a New Zealand Court of an offence punishable by imprisonment for a term of 3 months or longer or any other offence as per section 67 (b) of the Act, to a PCC.
The PCC has jurisdiction to regulate its own procedures. The PCC adopts and follows procedures to ensure the health practitioner who is the subject of the reference, the Board, and any complainant, are kept informed of the progress of the review.