Received: 30 April 2020
Revised: 5 August 2020
Accepted: 7 August 2020
First Online: 19 August 2020
Compliance with Ethical Standards
: I have been a Senior Policy Adviser and Researcher with the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) since December 2014. MCNZ is responsible for registering doctors who practise in New Zealand, and setting standards for the way our doctors practise. A large part of my role involves researching and writing those standards which are used to assess a doctor’s conduct and competence. I am often contacted by doctors, patients and members of the public about our standards and how they apply to a particular situation. I also facilitate consumer panel discussions about our standards so that the needs and perspectives of consumers are reflected in the standards we set. In addition, I am part of MCNZ’s Triage Team that makes initial decisions on how complaints about doctors should be handled.I researched and wrote the following MCNZ statements mentioned in my paper:• <i>Advertising</i>• <i>Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation</i>• <i>Informed consent: helping patients make informed decisions about their care</i>.MCNZ endorses <i>Choosing Wisely</i>’s campaign, and a number of its principles are reflected in our statements including <i>Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation</i>, and <i>Informed consent: helping patients make informed decisions about their care</i>.I was a member of the Editorial Board of <i>Cole’s medical practice in New Zealand</i> when it was updated in 2017. (<i>Cole’s</i> is a handbook published by MCNZ for new doctors and doctors new to medical practice in New Zealand.)While my paper references two chapters from <i>Cole’s</i> and a number of MCNZ statements, the views expressed in my paper are my own, and are not to be attributed to MCNZ.