There are about one billion red blood cells in two or three drops of blood.
The following is a list of the legislation for which NZBS has responsibility:
The NZPHD Act outlines the responsibilities of the Minister of Health and the role and functions of DHBs. In addition, the NZPHD Act creates several ministerial committees including the National Health Committee, and outlines the roles and functions of the Crown Health Financing Agency, the New Zealand Blood Service and PHARMAC.
The CE Act provides a consistent framework for the establishment, governance and operation of Crown entities. It also clarifies accountability relationships and reporting requirements between Crown entities, board members, responsible Ministers (on behalf of the Crown) and the House of Representatives.
The Health Act is focused on public health. It sets out the role of the Ministry of Health in relation to public health, and contains provisions for sanitation, pollution, quarantine and infectious diseases, trading in blood and controlled substances, and screening programmes.
View New Zealand legislation on www.legislation.govt.nz (external link)