The health consequences of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)

This paper from The New Zealand Medical Journal looks at some of the interim independent expert commentary on the released TPPA text and concludes that the concerns are sufficiently serious that decisions on implementation and ratification should be delayed until full and more comprehensive independent analysis of health impacts is available for public and Parliamentary scrutiny.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) between 12 Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Vietnam) was agreed and its text finally made available in late 2015. The Agreement is long and complicated, and contains 30 chapters, many annexes and multiple side-letters. The National Interest Analysis released by the New Zealand Government indicates that while current health-relevant policies will continue, future governments will face constraints in developing new policies. The New Zealand Medical Association, the World Medical Association and the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) have identified concerns about the health consequences of trade and investment agreements.

The New Zealand Medical Journal, 19th February 2016, Volume 129 Number 1430

Gay Keating, Josh Freeman, Alex Macmillan, Pat Neuwelt, Erik Monasterio

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