Te Marae Ora is responsible for regulating health care providers in the Cook Islands under the following legislation: Ministry of Health Act 2013, Medical and Dental Practices Act 1976, Nurses Act 1986 and Ministry of Health (Pharmacy and Therapeutics Products) Regulations 2013. In order to practise in the Cook Islands, health professionals of regulated professions must hold a current practising license issued by the respective councils. These professional bodies must ensure all health professionals registered are fully competent in the practice of their profession.
All persons who wish to register or work in the Cook Islands under any of the regulated professions listed must hold a current practising license. Cook Islands practising licenses are issued annually.
It is an offence to practise without a license. If you do so, you may be:
Regulated health professionals are required to pay a one-off registration fee, to register with a council, to practise in the Cook Islands, and pay annual registration fees to maintain their current practising licence.