Organisational structure

Pharmac is organised into seven directorates – Advice and Assessments, Corporate Services, Devices, Equity and Engagement, Māori, Pharmaceutical, and Strategy, Policy and Performance.

Graphic representation of our structure. See "Text for chart" for the words. .
Pharmac's organisational structure

Advice and Assessments

Pharmac's centre of expertise for:


The Devices Directorate is working towards a new way of assessing, managing, and curating the way medical devices are purchased by Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora hospitals or community services. They work in collaboration with Health NZ and device suppliers.

They are currently building the Devices Schedule.


The Pharmaceuticals Directorate manages Pharmac’s decision-making, procurement, and contract management for the Combined Pharmaceuticals Budget (CPB). This includes funding medicines, vaccines, and related products nationally and for individuals. The team manages Pharmac’s Exceptional Circumstances Framework for individual funding decisions. 

Our team of experts develops commercial strategies to deliver more medicines to more people, with a focus on equity of health outcomes. We also work hard to:

  • resolve supply issues
  • ensure funded treatments are available for people who need them
  • manage COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. 

Corporate Services

Corporate Services provides support across the organisation – with teams responsible for analysis, business services, finance, people and capability, information and communication technology (ICT) and legal.

Equity and Engagement

This directorate is responsible for developing and implementing the strategies that will ensure Pharmac is able to deliver on the equity and engagement expectations of the health and disability system reforms (Pae Ora), with a dedicated focus on outcomes for Māori, Pacific and people with disabilities.

It consists of an Equity and Engagement team and a Public Affairs and Government Services team. Equity and Engagement also supports and co-ordinates the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC)


This team of experts lead and grow Pharmac's capability to ensure we:

  • meet our Pae Ora obligations as an effective Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner
  • meet our Tiriti o Waitangi accountabilities
  • hold and build on key relationships.

Strategy, Policy and Performance

The experts that develop and support implementation of organisational strategies, policies and processes to set, monitor, improve, and report on Pharmac's performance.