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Values & Advocacy

Medicines New Zealand advocates to improve access to modern medicines for New Zealand patients. Medicines New Zealand is an industry association whose members are engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of modern prescription medicines. Medicines that are recognised as life changing, breakthrough or leading therapies.

Regularly we work with key health-based decision makers and a wide range of stakeholders to discuss our industry perspectives. We inform and educate using only fact-based arguments with a goal of improving access to modern medicines for New Zealand patients.

Collaborative: We work with other critical stakeholders in the health sector to deliver the best modern cost-effective medicines for all New Zealanders now and into the future.

Accountable: We are responsive and responsible to our members and New Zealanders.

Results: We save, improve and extend lives.

Ethical: We take a responsible approach and use evidence-based arguments.



In 2021, Medicines New Zealand joined the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) as a full member.   

IFPMA represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations around the world. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 2 million employees, research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the lives of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve the health of patients globally.

To be accepted as a member of IFPMA, Medicines New Zealand had to demonstrate that it's own Code of Practice is aligned with the IFPMA Code of Practice and commit to adherence with the IFPMA Ethos. The IFPMA Ethos is an underpinning foundation shaping the way the global research and development focussed biopharmaceutical industry sustains trust. The Ethos is based on the core values of care, fairness, respect and honesty in line with society’s ever-changing expectations and instilling a culture of ethics and business integrity for all IFPMA member companies and associations. 
For more information about the IFPMA Code and Ethos tool, click here to watch a short video.