Special Authority waiver
Find out how to apply for funding if a person’s clinical circumstances meet the spirit or intent of Special Authority criteria, but not the technical requirements.
Special Authority waivers apply to Sections B to D of the Schedule, including pharmaceutical cancer treatments (PCTs).
Apply for a Special Authority waiver
You can find the latest SA form linked from the Schedule listing. Always download the latest Special Authority form. We will decline any application made on an old form.
Add information to the form that explains why the criteria should be waived for your patient. This must be done manually on the SA form.
Submit the waiver application
PHARMAC makes the decisions on waiver applications. You cannot use the online system to apply for a waiver. You must send the form to PHARMAC or the Ministry of Health.
Fax: 04 380 1409
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health will then forward the waiver application to PHARMAC.
Fax: 0800 100 131
Notification of a waiver decision
If the waiver request is approved, the Ministry of Health will send the applicant an approval letter. This will include a Special Authority (SA) number.
If the waiver request is declined, PHARMAC will send the applicant a letter explaining the reason. We may seek more information about applications.
Who to contact
If you have questions about waivers, email PHARMAC on firstname.lastname@example.org