The Chiropractic Board is a statutory body operating under the provisions of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act). Part 6 of the Act sets out the functions of the Board as follows:
- to prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession and for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes;
- to authorise the registration of health practitioners under this Act and to maintain registers;
- to consider applications for annual practising certificates;
- to review and promote the competence of health practitioners;
- to recognise, accredit and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health practitioners;
- to receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers and the Health and Disability Commissioner about the competence of health practitioners;
- to notify employers, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of Health and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practice of a health practitioner may pose a risk of harm to the public;
- to consider the cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the profession;
- to set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence and ethical conduct to be observed by the health practitioners of the profession;
- to liaise with other authorities appointed under the Act about matters of common interest;
- to promote education and training in the profession;
- to promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority;
- to exercise and perform any other functions, powers and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.
As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, the Board must deliver to the Minister of Health a report on the operation of the Board during that financial year.
The Minister of Health is responsible for the appointment of Board members which includes calling for nominations from a variety of sources within and outside of the chiropractic profession. Once these nominations are received, the Minister appoints persons for a term of generally three (3) years. Appointees are able to be re-appointed, the legislation limits members time on the Board to nine (9) years. The current Board members are detailed here.