Interagency agreements

Pharmac has a clear role within New Zealand's health and disability system, this page provides some of the detail on how we work with other agencies in the system.

New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe) 

Medsafe and Pharmac have a long-standing constructive and effective working relationship. Signing this memorandum shows that we both want to maintain that constructive relationship and to ensure that the parties continue to work together effectively for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Memorandum of understanding between Pharmac and Medsafe: 4 June 2020 [PDF, 202 KB]

2022 health reforms 

Before the Pae Ora (Health Futures) Act 2022, Pharmac had memoranda of understanding with:

  • the District Health Boards (now Te Whatu Ora) covering our working relationship
  • the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards for management of vaccine purchase.

We are working closely with our new sector partners to agree how we can best work together to deliver better health outcomes for Aotearoa. These agencies include:

  • Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand)
  • Te Aka Whai Ora (the Māori Health Authority)
  • the Public Health Agency
  • Whaikaha (Ministry of Disabled People)

We will also continue our strong relationship with Manatū Hauora (Ministry of Health), and Te Aho o Te Kahu (Cancer Control Agency).

The Interim Government Policy Statement on Health outlines what the Government expects the health system to deliver and achieve over the next two years. This statement provides the context for our work together.

Interim Government Policy Statement on Health 2022–2024(external link)