Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), insulin pumps and insulin pump consumables: Procurement status

Update

Find the latest information on Pharmac’s procurement process for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices, insulin pumps and insulin pump consumables.

Online information session

Pharmac hosted an online information session to talk about the process of developing the funding proposal and provide an update on Pharmac’s next steps, including engagement with clinicians, consumers, and suppliers. 

Next update

We understand people would like to know more as soon as possible. This page will be updated on 1 July 2024. 

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Timing of the procurement process

Pharmac initially signalled interest in funding CGMs and considering the supply of insulin pumps and insulin pump consumables in February 2023. 

We understand people would like to know how long this procurement process will take. Below we have noted the milestones we have worked to so far.  

Unfortunately, the time required to undertake procurement processes can vary. As such, we can’t be certain about future timings. However, we will share updates on this webpage as more information becomes available. 

Milestone Date
FPO release Complete (February 2023)
Clinical advice Complete (April 2023)
Publishing records of clinical advice from the diabetes Specialist Advisory Committee Complete (July 2023)
RFP release Complete (July 2023)
Supplier briefing Complete (July 2023)
Stakeholder briefing Complete (August 2023)
Bids close Complete (August 2023)
Evaluation committee meetings and seeking further clinical advice Complete (November 2023)
Contracting with preferred suppliers Complete (March 2024)
Consultation period Complete (April 2024)

Post-consultation delay announced

Complete (21 May 2024)

Groups we’ve met with 

  • Diabetes NZ
  • NZ Study for the Study of Diabetes
  • Suppliers 
  • Government agencies 
Complete (May–June 2024)
Online information session Complete (6 June 2024)

Stakeholder meetings

  • Follow-up meetings with the groups above
  • Pharmac’s Diabetes Advisory Committee
In progress (June 2024)

Advisory Committee meeting

By end of June 2024
Pharmac Board meeting By the end of 2024
Decision notification date To be confirmed
Provisional implementation date  To be confirmed

The funding process

We had previously received funding applications for Dexcom, FreeStyle Libre and Medtronic CGMs. Applications Pharmac received prior to this process:

We received bids from a number of suppliers in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the supply of CGMs, insulin pumps and insulin pump consumables. To assess these bids, we held three evaluation committee meetings, including clinical experts, consumer representatives, and Pharmac staff. Pharmac uses information gathered during the evaluation meetings, alongside the Factors for Consideration, to select the preferred suppliers.

About Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

Who to contact

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

If your question is not answered here, email enquiry@pharmac.govt.nz

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