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National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Act Signed

May 6, 2019

The Presidency

6 May 2019

The National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Act has been signed.

The presidency published the act in Government Gazette 42442.

The bill was tabled in parliament in May 2017.

The national council of provinces amended the bill and returned it to the national assembly for concurrence in November 2018.

Parliament passed the bill and sent it for assent in March 2019.

The act seeks to amend the National Health Laboratory Service Act of 2000 so as to:


• Define certain expressions and to amend or delete certain definitions;
• Make the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act of 2000 applicable to the National Health Laboratory Service;
• Adjust the objects and duties of the National Health Laboratory Service;
• Strengthen the governance and funding mechanism of the National Health Laboratory Service; and
• Provide for matters connected therewith.

The act comes into effect on a date still to be determined by the president.