New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000

48 Functions of Pharmac

The functions of Pharmac are to perform the following within the amount of funding provided to it and in accordance with its statement of intent (including the statement of forecast service performance) and (subject to section 65) any directions given under the Crown Entities Act 2004:


to maintain and manage a pharmaceutical schedule that applies consistently throughout New Zealand, including determining eligibility and criteria for the provision of subsidies:


to manage incidental matters arising out of paragraph (a), including in exceptional circumstances providing for subsidies for the supply of pharmaceuticals not on the pharmaceutical schedule:


to engage as it sees fit, but within its operational budget, in research to meet the objectives set out in section 47(a):


to promote the responsible use of pharmaceuticals:


any other functions it is for the time being given by or under any enactment, or authorised to perform by the Minister by written notice to the board of Pharmac after consultation with it.

Section 48: amended, on 25 January 2005, by section 200 of the Crown Entities Act 2004 (2004 No 115).