New health recall
GS1 Recallnet Healthcare, an electronic product recall notification management system for therapeutic goods, has been launched with the support of the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA).
GS1 Recallnet Healthcare is an online portal designed to improve patient safety by streamlining the management of product recall and non-recall notifications.
GS1 Australia’s CEO, Maria Palazzolo said it was designed to provide an electronic product recall notification management system in the Australian healthcare sector to improve patient safety by enhancing the speed, efficiency and accuracy of the recall process for therapeutic goods.
“Therapeutic product recalls always present a significant challenge to the Australian healthcare industry and this portal will improve the therapeutic product recall notification process for the benefit and safety of all Australians,” she said.
The service has been developed over three years by GS1 Australia in association with NEHTA, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), State and Territory health departments and a number of medical device and pharmaceutical suppliers.
Manufacturers, suppliers, pharmaceutical wholesalers, distributors, health departments, pharmacies, hospitals and Government Agencies will be able to rely on GS1 Recallnet Healthcare to: improve patient and healthcare provider safety and quality of care; reduce errors, confusion and re-work; decrease the time and effort to respond to recalls and streamline recall progress reporting to the TGA
A similar service called GS1 Recallnet was launched for the food industry in 2011, with grocery, food and liquor products able to be withdrawn or recalled quickly and easily.
“Global supply chain standards are the foundation of effective product recall. GS1 global standards are used by millions of companies around the world to enhance the safety, security and efficiency of their supply chains,” Ms Palazzolo said.
“GS1 Recallnet Healthcare will improve patient safety by streamlining the management of product recalls for medicines, implants, medical equipment and medical consumables in the Australian market.”
Edition 379, 17 September 2013