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Submission responses due 17th May 2010
A Consultation Document for The Development of a Natural Health Products Bill is currently before New Zealanders and the Government has asked for your response. Health Freedom NZ supports the efforts of the National and Green Parties who are responsible for bringing in sensible regulation. However we have concerns about some of the details that their officials have drafted, that would see your access to consumer choice being denied.
We were expecting the discussion document to be based upon the proposed Natural and Traditional Health Products Bill that was prepared in full consultation with Maoridom, Consumers, the NZ Health Trust and the Natural Health Products Industry over a two-year period.
Unfortunately the MoH Consultation Document is diametrically opposed to most of the principals outlined in the proposed Bill.
If we want continued access to affordable vitamins, minerals and other natural products we are going to need more than 5,000 submissions made against this document in order for it to be effective, so everyone who wants continued access to natural products needs to act now.
We believe this might well be the last opportunity we have to send a very loud and clear message that consumers do not need the kind of protection that the bureaucrats are offering – protection of pharmaceutical profits over our health.
After a tremendous amount of effort from several dedicated individuals we now have several submission templates available to assist you to write your responses to the Consultation Paper. (PLEASE NOTE that it is a Consultation Paper not a Bill.)
If you are in the Natural Health industry we have two company submission templates for you. One is extensive, detailing the questions and answers (16 pages), the second document is a simple template, where the questions and answers have been omitted, but with an outline of response reasoning. Please request copies of these documents if you need them, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as we know not everyone wants to receive large attachments unnecessarily.
If you are a consumer of Natural Health products we have a detailed 18 page submission template for you on our website www.HealthFreedom.co.nz (again too large to send as an attachment in this email). It is easy to abbreviate it, enlarge it, personalise it and either print it out and post it or email it.
If you wish to make an email response, go to our website www.HealthFreedom.co.nz and click the Login button (top right). Register your details to enter the discussion forum and then download the submission template file (NOTE download the Word version rather than the PDF file). If you have any problems downloading it I can email you the complete document directly email@example.com
Remember, our comments are just a guide. Duplicated responses may receive initial attention, but rarely much consideration, and may end up being lumped together. Therefore it is important to have your submission reflect your own personal views.
RULES FOR RESPONSES
1 Your Name Must Be On The Document to be counted
2 Your Address Must Be On The Form to be counted
3 Keep Your Responses Concise
4 It must not be duplicated material
5 Any duplicated responses will count as only one response
6 Only one response per organisation is counted
7 Any people submitting as part of an organisation will all count at one response
8 It must arrive on time to count.
Natural Health Products Consultation
Health and Disability Systems Strategy Directorate
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
by Wednesday 12 May to arrive in time for the deadline 17 May 2010. (Mail posted on Fridays doesn’t always get delivered until Tuesday).
OR EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your attention at this important time in shaping the future of New Zealand’s Natural Health Industry.
Health Freedom Waikato