Pharmac Device Advice (Issue 55 - June 2023)

on 14 August

Jump to new agreements and consultations  |  June 2023  |  Issue 55
New medical devices directorate established 

A dedicated medical devices directorate has been established as part of Pharmac’s recent internal change process.

The directorate will lead Pharmac’s work on the management of hospital medical devices in Te Whatu Ora hospitals. Pharmac is currently recruiting for a new Director, Medical Devices.

“Setting up a new directorate specifically for hospital medical devices is an important step in our work,” says Danae Staples-Moon, Pharmac’s Manager of Device Strategy and Development.

“Moving to a new way of managing hospital medical devices is a significant change for Pharmac, as well as the rest of the health and disability system. Building the directorate is a great opportunity, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work alongside our colleagues across the health sector,” says Staples-Moon.

Read about how the new structure sets up Pharmac for the future
Devices dashboard
How the national contracts are tracking as of June 2023
164,000 devices under contract covering $530m of annual hospital expenditure on medical devices.
Future Procurement Opportunity (FPO)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been centrally managed at a national level. While PPE will continue to be managed centrally, from 1 October 2023 the Manatū Hauora – Ministry of Health funded element will be discontinued, and new arrangements will need to be organised.
Earlier this month Pharmac issued an FPO advising that, in conjunction with Te Whatu Ora, we are planning on issuing a two staged competitive process for establishing a panel of suppliers of PPE to Te Whatu Ora hospitals.
The first stage will be a Registration of Interest (ROI) where suppliers will need to demonstrate they have the ability to:
  • support PPE products in the New Zealand market,
  • detail how they support broader outcomes and environmental sustainability,
  • demonstrate a high level of labour and human rights standards and due diligence.
Suppliers that demonstrate they meet the requirements of the ROI will be invited to submit a response to the closed Request for Proposals (RFP) processes. Suppliers must submit a response to the ROI to be eligible to be invited to submit a response to an RFP.
We recommend that suppliers interested in supplying PPE to Te Whatu Ora subscribe to the notice on GETS to be notified when an ROI is released.
Participating in the Health System Catalogue (HSC)
Thank you to all the medical device suppliers publishing products and pricing information to the Health System Catalogue (HSC). We now have a total of 157 medical device suppliers providing over 170,000 GTINs.
The target date of 31 December 2022 has passed, and there are still a large number who have not published data or have only provided item information. So, for those with further data to publish, or in the process of preparing data, we encourage you to complete this work as soon as possible.  
If you need to discuss any issues you are having, please get in touch with Ian Malone, HSC Supplier Engagement Lead, at
Check out the HSC programme supplier update
Pharmac attends the CSANZ conference 
Last week, some of our Pharmac kaimahi attended the CSANZ (Cardiology Society of Australia and NZ) conference.

“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to talk those working in the area of cardiology,” says Senior Device Category Manager Alyssa Currie.

“We had many valuable conversations, including explaining our work with cardiovascular medical devices and medicines for cardiovascular disease.

"This includes information about the transcatheter mitral valve repair work we've been doing. It was great to get insight from those with experience with the device." 

“If you didn’t get the opportunity to see us, or you have further questions, feel free to reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you!”
Category Supplier Date
Consultations released since April 2023
Surgical implants, medical and surgical instruments, power tools, and medical imaging Medtronic NZ Ltd 7 June
Agreements notified since April 2023
Surgical implants, medical and surgical instruments, and power tools Paragon Care Group NZ Ltd 11 May

We notify all new supplier agreements and list all new proposals on the Consultations and Decisions page on the Pharmac website. You can also keep track of what’s happening in each category on our hospital devices page.
Ongoing supply challenges for medical devices
We are working with suppliers, Te Whatu Ora hospitals, and the Ministry of Health, to minimise the impact of supply issues for hospitals and people in care.
If you are experiencing any issues in the supply of Pharmac contracted medical devices, email our email our contract management team.
We'd love to hear from you

We welcome any feedback on our work, our website, or this newsletter. You can email or contact the person identified in a specific consultation or notification.
Noho ora mai rā!

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