Ministry of Health NZ: Standing Orders Guidelines June 2012

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance for health professionals working with standing orders, to assist issuers to comply with the regulations when developing a standing order, and to assist people administering and/or supplying under standing orders. The use of standing orders is governed by the Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations 2002 (Standing Order Regulations). This regulation sits within the broader health regulatory regime that includes: the Medicines Act 1981 and Medicines Regulations 1984 the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and Regulations 1977 the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 the Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights) Regulations 1996.  The above legislation can be accessed online at Hard copies can be purchased from Bennetts Government Bookshop (Wellington), phone (04) 499 3433(04) 499 3433 or by ordering online at

To meet regulatory requirements, a person working under standing orders must have the competency and training to be able to make an assessment that the standing order applies to the presenting patient, the competency to administer and/or supply the medicine, and the knowledge to assess the contraindications and/or exclusions.


SYHPANZ has not provided any resources, tools, or training templates (eg competency assessments/tests) to support the standing orders provided below as is required within the regulations stated above. SYHPANZ makes the assumption the health professionals will adhere to regulatory requirements in order to safely use the standing order templates.  

SYHPANZ have made these standing orders available as a resource, for any Youth Health services (GPs, School Clinics, etc) that may wish to use them. These are a Word template formatted document that you can save to add your own logos etc as necessary.

Standing Order Templates – click each to open (at present only Oxygen has been recently updated in 2015)

Further Standing Orders under review

These standing orders have been produced in good faith, with the support of the Centre for Youth Health (CFYH) and the Society for Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa NZ (SYHPANZ). Medical and Nursing professional using these standing orders are responsible for their implementation and on-going use. CFYH and SYHPANZ accept no responsibility for any adverse consequences that may result from the use of these guidelines.