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The New Government Rules of Sourcing

About the Rules

The Government Rules of Sourcing (the rules) represent the government’s standards of good practice for procurement planning, approaching the market and contracting.

The Rules replace the Mandatory Rules for Procurement by Departments. Cabinet has endorsed the Rules (CAB Min (13) 10/4A) and they come in to effect from 1 October 2013.

The purpose of the Rules

The Rules give us the foundation to:

  • support more productive relationships with businesses as suppliers
  • deliver innovative and effective solutions that get the best value for New Zealanders
  • help our suppliers become more competitive in international markets

DHB National Procurement Strategy

NZ Health Partnerships published the DHB Procurement Strategy (endorsed by all 20 DHBs) in May 2016.


The National group, Product Evaluation Health NZ (PEHNZ), require the following information to be provided to the Clinical Product Co-ordinator (or similar titled roles) at the outset of any agreed introduction process for any new or replacement Medical Device that you wish to introduce to customers in the NZ market. This activity would commence on the basis that a clinician has requested internally, or a Clinical Product Coordinator (CPC) has requested on behalf of their organisation. No medical device review or consideration will proceed in the absence of these factors.

Patients take Pharmac to task over glucose meters

A crowd of people, many of them angry, confronted Pharmac last night at a public meeting to discuss a proposed brand switch of glucose meters.

Published with permission of NZ Doctor

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Supplying New Zealand Government

A guide for suppliers on how to bid for government contracts

This guide is for suppliers who are delivering or interested in delivering goods or services to the New Zealand government. It’ll help you better understand the specific demands and processes that apply when the government buys goods and services.

The guide:

  • provides an overview of the government market
  • describes the rules and processes that government agencies follow to buy goods and services
  • outlines where to look for government opportunities
  • provides tips on preparing and submitting a tender, to help you improve your chances of being chosen to provide goods or services to the government
  • explains the common jargon you’ll encounter during the tender process.
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