Decision to list medical devices supplied by Olympus New Zealand Limited

Hospital devices Decision

What we’re doing

We are pleased to announce the approval of a listing agreement with Olympus New Zealand Limited (“Olympus”) for the supply of surgical implants, and medical and surgical instruments and power tools.

In summary this will result in:

  • Olympus’ medical devices in the above categories being listed in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 February 2024 under a national agreement that all Te Whatu Ora hospitals may purchase under; and
  • Te Whatu Ora hospitals being able to purchase other suppliers’ brands of medical devices from the above categories as the agreement is not for sole supply.

Any changes to the original proposal?

This decision was subject to a consultation letter dated 30 October 2023.

Minor changes to Agreement wording were made following consultation to improve clarity of some provisions.

Who we think will be most interested

  • Te Whatu Ora hospital staff
  • Clinical engineers and maintenance services
  • ICU, emergency, and critical care staff
  • Neurologists and Neurosurgeons
  • Nurses
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Perioperative staff
  • Procurement and supply chain
  • Radiologists
  • Sterile services personnel
  • Surgeons
  • Surgical and general ward staff
  • Suppliers and wholesalers

Detail about this decision

In 2021 Pharmac issued a RFP for the supply of surgical implants, medical and surgical instruments and power tools, and associated products.

The RFP was for non-exclusive national agreements for listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

After completing the evaluation processes, and consulting on the provisional agreement with Olympus, Pharmac has decided to list Olympus’ medical devices in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 February 2024.

The list of products will be available on Pharmac’s website from 1 February 2024

Te Whatu Ora hospitals can continue to choose which surgical implants, and medical and surgical instruments and power tools they purchase, including those from other suppliers. Te Whatu Ora hospitals that purchase medical devices in these categories must do so under the terms and conditions, including pricing, in the agreement from 1 February 2024.

Our response to what you told us

We’re really grateful for the time people took to respond to this consultation. A summary of the main themes raised in feedback, our responses to the feedback received, and changes we have made after listening to you are detailed below:


Pharmac Comment

Clarity requested and general feedback provided from Te Whatu Ora on provisions for training and equipment maintenance included in the agreement.

Pharmac works with suppliers and Te Whatu Ora to ensure maintenance terms are practical for all parties. Pharmac engaged with Olympus and Te Whatu Ora following consultation and made changes to the agreement terms to address the feedback.

If you have any questions about this decision, you can email us at; or call our toll free number (9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday) on 0800 660 050.