Proposal to list medical devices supplied by Bio Decon Limited

What we’re proposing

Pharmac is seeking feedback on a proposal to list medical devices supplied by Bio Decon Limited (“Bio Decon”) in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 August 2024 in the following category:

Consultation closes at 4pm Wednesday 3 July 2024 and feedback can be emailed to

What would the effect be?

From 1 August 2024 medical devices supplied by Bio Decon in the category above would be listed under a national agreement for all Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora (“Health NZ”) hospitals to purchase under, subject to consultation and approval by Pharmac’s Board or delegate (“Agreement”).

The Agreement would not be for sole supply and Health NZ hospitals could continue to purchase other supplier’s brands of sterilisation and decontamination equipment and associated consumables.

The Agreement would supersede any existing Health NZ agreements with Bio Decon for the medical devices included in the Agreement. Any medical device listed in the Agreement and purchased by Health NZ hospitals would be in accordance with the terms and conditions, including price, stated in the Agreement effective from the date of listing on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Pricing for the medical devices in the Agreement, subject to any prior termination of the Agreement, would not be increased without prior consultation and approval by Pharmac.

Who we think will be interested

  • Equipment validation service providers
  • Health NZ staff including but not limited to:
    • Biomedical engineers (potentially involved in the validation process/outsourced)
    • Dental units
    • Facilities and support services department
    • General ward staff
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Occupational health and safety department
    • Procurement and supply chain department
    • Sterile services department
    • Theatre staff
  • Professional bodies
    • New Zealand Nurses Organisation
    • Sterile Services Associated NZ
  • Suppliers and wholesalers

About the medical devices

Sterilisation and decontamination equipment and associated consumables are medical devices used in surgical and non-surgical procedures primarily to achieve the disinfection and sterilisation of equipment and reusable medical devices. The products vary relating to their purpose, function, application, and clinical indication.

Why we’re proposing this

In August 2021 Pharmac released the following Request for Proposal (“RFP”):

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

Pharmac has been working with suppliers who responded to the RFP and were successful in being progressed to contract negotiation to seek provisional agreements. This is the latest proposal to arise from this process.

Details about our proposal

Pharmac has entered into a provisional agreement with Bio Decon for the supply of sterilisation and decontamination equipment and associated consumables. The proposal would result in listing 14 medical devices on the Pharmaceutical Schedule covering the following brands:

  • Bio Decon
  • Bioquell BQ-50
  • Bioquell HPV-BI
  • Bioquell HPV-AQ
  • Bioquell HPV-CI
  • Trophon
  • Trophon2

To provide feedback

Send us an email: by 4pm 3 July 2024.

All feedback received before the closing date will be considered by Pharmac’s Board (or its delegate) prior to making a decision on this proposal.

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