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Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement

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Contract Structure

Supporting documents to the contract

National Annual Agreement Review Process

Historic background to the contract

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.

Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (ICPSA) [1.4Mb]

 August 2018


Contract Structure

ICPSA is an evergreen contract, and includes a head agreement and three service schedules.

Head agreement
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 the Payments section for more information.

Payments and procedures

October 2018

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.


Supporting documents to the contract

Permitted Pharmacy Charges Rules [443kb]

January 2019

ICPSA Letter of Offer (Generic) [582kb]

August 2018

Purchase Unit Codes and Manual Claims Process [278kb]

September 2018

Pharmaceutical Schedule 

October 2018

Pharmacy Procedures Manual Version 7.2 [1.5Mb]

October 2018

Pharmacy Services Standards

October 2018

Code of Ethics [910kb]

October 2018

Code of Consumer’s Rights

October 2018

Privacy Act 1993

October 2018

Health Information Privacy Code 1994

October 2018

Health Entitlement Cards Regulations 1993

October 2018

Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

October 2018

Vulnerable Children Act 2014

October 2018

He Korowai Oranga – Māori health Strategy

August 2018

Whakatataka Tuarua – Māori Health Action Plan

December 2016

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

October 2018

Clozapine Protocol [333kb]

October 2018

LTC Protocol [324kb]

October 2018


Data Specification
Email: BSSHelpdesk@moh.govt.nz
Contact: Your software vendor.


National Annual Agreement Review 

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). It must be complete by July the following year so any changes can be adopted on 1 October 2019, the anniversary of the contract.

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.

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

Here is a link to the National Annual Agreement Review Terms of Reference.

National Annual Agreement Review Terms of Reference [194kb]

July 2018


National Annual Agreement Review 2018-2019
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 five existing sector representatives. 

Letter to contract-holders November 2018 [290kb]

November 2018

Statement: following first Review meeting – 3 December 2018 [181kb]

December 2018


Please send any queries to us at:
Email: pharmacy@tas.health.nz


Historic background to the contract

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).

ICPSA introduced in 2012

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.

Extension agreed in 2015

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.

Consolidated CPSA (to July 2017) [1.6Mb]

July 2017

 

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Last updated: 13/2/19