Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement
There are just over 1000 community pharmacy providers throughout Aotearoa, and each provider has entered into a contract with their local District Health Board for the provision of pharmacy services. The Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (ICPSA) came into effect on 1 October 2018. It replaces the previous contract, Community Pharmacy Services Agreement 2012 (CPSA 12). This section contains key information about the new contract. To read the contract in full please click here.
Supporting documents to the contract
National Annual Agreement Review Process
Historic background to the contract
The head agreement (Parts A to E) covers background, service and quality requirements, general terms, payment and claiming terms, and definitions.
Schedule 1: Dispensing and professional advisory services
Dispensing and professional advisory services.
Schedule 2: Additional Professional Advisory Services
DHBs want to recognise the clinical services pharmacists provide to patients that are not specifically linked to dispensing a medicine. This Schedule contains the Additional Professional Advisory Services payment. See Payments section for more information.
Schedule 3: Population services
Schedule 3A – nationally consistent services, which are:
• Opioid Substitution Treatment Services (3A.1)
• Aseptic Service (3A.2)
• Sterile Manufacturing Services (3A.3)
• Clozapine Services (3A.4)
• Influenza Immunisation Services (3A.5)
Schedule 3B – these are services for which there is a national service specification, but which DHBs may be able to locally commission following the change processes outlined in clauses B27 to B29, and are:
• Long Term Conditions Pharmacy Services (3B.1)
• Community Residential Care Pharmacy Services (3B.2)
• Age-Related Residential Care Pharmacy Services (3B.3)
• Special Foods Services (3B.4)
• Community Pharmacy Anticoagulation Monitoring Service (3B.5)
• Smoking Cessation Services (3B.6) (if relevant)
Schedule 3C – services specific to individual pharmacies.
Find supporting documents referred to in the contract here.
- ICPSA Letter of Offer (Generic)
- Purchase Unit Codes and Manual Claims Process
- Pharmaceutical Schedule
- Procedures Manual
- Pharmacy Services Standards
- Code of Ethics
- Code of Consumer’s Rights
- Privacy Act 1993
- Health Information Privacy Code 1994
- Health Entitlement Cards Regulations 1993
- Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003
- Vulnerable Children Act 2014
- He Korowai Oranga-Maori health Strategy
- Whakatataka Tuarua- Maori Health Action Plan
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
- Clozapine Protocol
- LTC Protocol
The Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement provides that, before 1 October each year, there will be a national review of the nationally-consistent parts and service schedules of the Agreement (as well as any Service Schedules in Schedule 3B that the Participants agree to consider as part of the review).
What is the purpose of the review?
The function of the review is to consider the matters described in the Agreement, and to provide recommendations to the DHBs as required. It must be complete by July so any changes can be adopted on 1 October 2019, the anniversary of the contract.
Who may participate in the Review?
District Health Boards, Ministry of Health, community pharmacy providers and/or their representatives.
What may be reviewed?
There will be a national review of the nationally-consistent parts and service schedules of the Agreement (as well as any Service Schedules in Schedule 3B that the Participants agree to consider as part of the review). It may also include a review of cost pressures and funding adjustments.
Terms of Reference
To download a copy of the National Annual Agreement Review Terms of Reference click here.
National Annual Agreement Review 2018-2019
To support the first National Review, beginning in December 2018, existing sector representatives nominated in January 2017 are participating. They are:
- Pharmacy Guild
- Green Cross Health
- Pharmacy Partners
All contract-holders were contacted in mid-November and given the opportunity to represent themselves, or be represented by a person or organisation other than the sector representatives listed above. One independent contract-holder is participating.
Statement following first Review meeting
The statement agreed by all participants at the first National Review meeting on 3 December 2018 can be found here.
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The Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (ICPSA) came into effect on 1 October 2018, and replaced the previous contract, Community Pharmacy Services Agreement 2012 (CPSA 12).
The Community Pharmacy Services Agreement was introduced in July 2012 initially as a three year contract between individual District Health Boards (DHB) and each individual pharmacy throughout New Zealand for the provision of pharmacy services. The CPSA 12 reflected a shift to a patient-centred pharmacy delivery model which encouraged integration between health professionals.
In 2015 it was agreed that an extension was required to the Agreement and this was implemented on 1 July 2015 to run through to 30 June 2016 with an option to extend. Consequently CPSA 12 was implemented in stages and extended three times (to 30 June 2017, 30 June 2018 and 30 September 2018). The document below is a consolidated version of the CPSA. It reflects the changes and variations made to the CPSA over the various implementation stages.