Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health

Thursday 24th April 2008

Possible acceptance of TRIPS Amendment by New Zealand

The purpose of this consultation document is to obtain the views of the public on whether New Zealand should accept a Protocol amending the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“the TRIPS Agreement”).

The Doha Declaration deals with the granting of compulsory licenses for the production of patented pharmaceuticals for export to countries which require such pharmaceuticals to deal with public health problems, but have insufficient or no capacity to produce them themselves.

This discussion document sets out the issues and considers legislative amendments necessary to give effect to the Protocol if New Zealand accepts it, and seeks public input on these issues.

Click here for the full discussion document.

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