Community Service Obligation
Page last updated: 14 February 2017
The Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement introduced the Community Service Obligation (CSO) Funding Pool in July 2006 in recognition of the additional costs faced by some pharmaceutical wholesalers in providing the full range of PBS medicines to pharmacies. The CSO Funding Pool has continued under the Fifth and Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
For information on the CSO operational arrangements, including the service standards and compliance requirements that CSO Distributors eligible to receive payments under the CSO Funding Pool are required to meet, please refer to the 'Community Service Obligation for Pharmaceutical Wholesalers' page on the Department of Health's website.