Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority.

It is a business unit of the Ministry of Health and is the authority responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand.

Medsafe’s mission is to improve the health of New Zealanders by regulating medicines and medical devices (e.g. pacemakers, insulin pens) to maximise their safety and benefit to patients. Medsafe does this by evaluating and monitoring the quality, safety and efficacy (how well they work) of medicines and medical devices; and by providing advice to consumers and health professionals.

The Medsafe web site www.medsafe.govt.nz contains medicine data sheets (for health professionals) and Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) for consumers.


Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) are fact sheets about your medicine that you can keep at home to refer to. CMI help you to use your medicine more safely and effectively because they explain how the medicine should be taken and what side effects can occur etc.