Evaluation of laws and regulations

The government wants everyone to receive good healthcare. To ensure this, many policies for good healthcare have been laid down in laws and regulations. Independent and scientific evaluations of laws are of great social importance in giving advice on the effectiveness, effects and side effects of these laws and regulations in working practice.

Implementation of the evaluations

These evaluations of laws are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary research groups. These groups are selected separately for each research project. The evaluations of laws can be either single or thematic in nature. Single evaluations of laws focus on a single legal regulation. Thematic regulations investigate a particular law-transcending theme spread across a number of laws. ZonMW supervises these evaluations and ensures that the evaluations take place in an independent manner.

From evaluation to working practice

Every evaluation of a law or regulation results in a number of recommendations. These recommendations are addressed to the minster and are made available by the research group and ZonMW. Implementation of the findings is a matter for the legislative body itself.

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Completed evaluations

ZonMW is committed to publishing the outcomes of evaluation tests of laws. Depending on the evaluation in question, an online or in-person meeting can, for instance, be organised for the relevant target groups in consultation with and by the research group. Completed publications can also be found in a comprehensive series.

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Highlighting some recent evaluations of laws

First evaluation of the Compulsory Mental Healthcare Act (Wvggz) and the Care and Compulsion Act (Wzd)

The Compulsory Mental Healthcare Act (Wvggz) regulates the provision of compulsory healthcare to people with a mental illness. Compulsory healthcare is needed if the mental illness is thought to be a danger or threatens to be a danger to the individual or others. The Care and Compulsion Act (Wzd) defines the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and those with psychogeriatric conditions, such as dementia, who receive involuntary care. In addition, this law regulates the involuntary admission of these people. The law protects these people.

The evaluation shows that there are difficulties in the implementation and execution of both laws. A total of 70 recommendations for improvements were made. Many of the bottlenecks were related to the many changes and amendments that were made when both laws were created. This resulted in a complex situation in which the coherence and relationship between the two laws was forgotten.

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Evaluation of the Regulation on the Assessment Committee for late termination of pregnancy and termination of life of newborns

The Regulation on the Assessment Committee for late termination of pregnancy and termination of life of newborns (LZA/LP regulation) took effect on 1 February 2016. The purpose of this regulation is to review physicians’ actions aimed at late termination of pregnancy and termination of life of newborns by an independent expert committee.

The evaluation shows that the regulation provides physicians with insufficient clarity and certainty and therefore does not serve its intended purpose. The regulation does result in action with due care and transparency as desired in medical practice. Based on the evaluation testing, 22 recommendations were made to the ministers of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and Justice and Security (JenV), the assessment committee, the groups of professions and patients’ organisations.

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Evaluation of the Healthcare Quality, Complaints and Disputes Act

The Healthcare Quality, Complaints and Disputes Act (Wkkgz) aims to empower clients and enhance the quality of healthcare. The evaluation of this law shows that the law does actually facilitate these goals, but that there are also areas for improvement. The evaluation report that was presented to the House of Representatives by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, includes 32 recommendations for improvement of the law and working practice.

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