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GS1 Healthcare Newsletter
No. 24 – Spring / Summer – 2012 -
At the Berlaymont, in Brussels last February John Dalli,
Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, made a
strong statement to focus his work on better guarantying the
safety of medical devices and to restore patient confidence
in the EU law that protects them, in the wake of the PIP breast
implant incident. Commissioner Dalli said "Patients' health
is the priority in this situation. I have proposed to the Health
Ministers a set of the most urgent and important actions
which should be implemented under the current legislative
framework in the course of this year. At the same time we are
taking on board the lessons learned from the PIP case in the
upcoming revision of the Medical Devices legislation to be
tabled before the summer. In particular, we will strengthen
the legislation in relation to market surveillance, vigilance and
functioning of notified bodies."
Commissionner Dalli called on Member States for
immediate actions to be taken at national level to ensure
full and stringent implementation of the current EU
legislation on medical devices. Amongst other initiatives,
the Commission and Member States have been invited
to co-operate together to support the development of
traceability tools for medical devices, such as Unique
Device Identification (UDI).
Read the full statement
New Zealand moving forward with
GS1 Standards
Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) chairman,
Dr Richard Medlicott, discussed why HISO has endorsed GS1
Standards for New Zealand Healthcare. In August 2011, the
New Zealand Health Information Standards Organisation,
a part of the New Zealand Ministry of Health, endorsed
GS1 Standards for automated product identification for all
pharmaceutical products and supplies and for all medical
devices and equipment with reference to decisions made
by the U.S. FDA. They also support the use of GS1
Standards in a National Product Catalogue.
This move will be the groundwork for two
major initiatives: the National
Health IT Plan (with the
eMedication Programme as
one of its constituents) and
the National Medication
Safety Programme led by the
Health Quality and Safety
From July 1
2012, every
Australian can choose to register
for an eHealth record
Facing soaring Healthcare costs,
The Australian National E-Health
Transition Authority (NEHTA)
has made significant progress in
designing, operating and enhancing the essential foundations
required to enable eHealth.
The ability to store and share accurate, complete and up-to-
date data on Healthcare products traded between suppliers
and Healthcare delivery organisations is a critical, foundational
component for Australias transition to an electronic health
system said Peter Fleming, CEO of NEHTA. Australias world-
leading National Product Catalogue (NPC) was a highlight on
the agenda of the Sydney Conference. The system is one of
the first in the world to focus exclusively on the needs of the
Healthcare industry and is endorsed by all state, territory and
federal health departments. It is a single repository for product
data about medicines, medical equipment and consumables.
Aligned with the Global Data Synchronisation Network
(GDSN) standards, the NPC uses GS1’s standard identifier,
the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), as the globally
unique primary product identifier for every NPC record.
NEHTA anticipates that full implementation of the NPC will
save the public Healthcare sector up to A$200 million per
annum by ensuring accurate, valid and up-to-date product
data and improved communications and supply chain
It is currently about implementation of GTINs, and catalogue
management tools but certainly in the future we will be
looking to do more on the e-commerce side. (Richard Bowen,
Director Information at Health Purchasing Victoria, Australia)
NEHTA eProcurement solution, based on
global electronic messaging standards
(GS1XML) will improve the efficiency of
procurement processes, increasing
the accuracy of purchasing
information, with the end goal
of ensuring we get the right
product, at the right price,
for the right person, in the
right location, at the right
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