Parliament has passed the National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent.
The national council of provinces (NCOP) amended the bill and returned it to the national assembly (NA) for concurrence in November 2018.
The NA passed the bill and sent it to the NCOP for concurrence in April 2018.
The bill was tabled in parliament in May 2017.
It intends introducing amendments to the National Health Laboratory Service Act in order to make the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act applicable to the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS).
The proposed legislation also aims to adjust the objects and duties of the service and strengthen the governance and funding mechanism of the NHLS.
During its deliberations, the select committee on social services inserted a new clause 4 into the bill.
“Universities of technology” are included in the list of entities involved with joint research operations.
The select committee also inserted a new clause 6 which calls for the minister to consult with relevant bodies and institutions prior to approving appointments to the board.