16 Jul 2012 | Medication Safety
The NZ Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) recently endorsed GS1’s global standards for automated product identification for all pharmaceutical products and supplies. This includes data carriers (barcodes), the Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) product identifier and other associated data definitions.
Global supply chain standards make the identification, ordering and delivery of products from suppliers quicker, easier and more reliable.
The HISO statement stated that it will consider full endorsement of the GS1 standards for automated product identification for all medical devices and other medical consumables following consultation with the relevant bodies and stakeholders, and subject to the recommendations that come from this. This will include reference to decisions made in other significant jurisdictions such as the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Lastly, HISO supported the use of the GS1 standards in a National Product Catalogue, again subject to appropriate consultation and agreement with relevant bodies and stakeholders.
For clarification on what the HISO’s endorsement means for the New Zealand health system read the full article on GS1’s website.