Last updated 09/07/2014

There are four ongoing mortality review committees, (with a number of sub-groups), in New Zealand.

These were established under Sections 11 and 18 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 but became statutory committees under Section 59E of the amended New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act in April 2011. They report to the Health Quality & Safety Commission Board.

The Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) reviews deaths of children and young people aged 28 days to 24 years, and seeks ways to prevent such deaths in the future.

The Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) advises the Minister of Health on how to reduce the number of deaths of babies and mothers in New Zealand.

The Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) reviews all deaths related to family violence in New Zealand.

The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC) reviews all deaths related to surgery.

There is also a temporary Suicide Mortality Review Committee (SUMRC) established in 2014 and due to conclude in September 2015. The committee has been established to ascertain the feasibility of suicide mortality review and advise the Commission and the Ministry of Health about how ongoing suicide mortality review might contribute to New Zealand’s understanding of suicide and its prevention.

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