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Comment Period for Health Regulations Extended

April 21, 2022

Department of Health

The extension notice on the comment period for draft health regulations designed to manage the Covid-19 pandemic and future pandemics going forward has been republished.

The health department republished the extension notice in Government Gazette 46251.

The extension notice was first published in Gazette 46243.

The draft regulations, published for comment in Gazette 46045 in March 2022, were drawn up in terms of the National Health Act.

They focus on the surveillance and the control of notifiable medical conditions; public health measures in points of entry; management of human remains and environmental health.

Comment is now invited until 24 April 2022.

In a statement on the extension, the health department pointed out that the extension follows “requests and concerns from a number of stakeholders that a 30-day period was not sufficient enough for them to scrutinize and interact with all sets of proposed regulations in order to develop substantial representations”.

The health minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, called on interested individuals and organisations to use the extended window period for public comments on the draft health regulations designed to manage COVID-19 and other notifiable conditions outside of the Disaster Management Act.