Life Cycle of a Product

Overview

Australia's health sector is embracing supply chain reform and making significant progress towards an interoperable system that delivers substantial quality and efficiency benefits for providers and consumers.

The Life Cycle of a Product interactive PDF outlines part of the Supply Chain system and is available for download below.

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Summary of Each Stage of the Cycle

  • Raw Materials – a product at this stage requires data such as Generic Ingredient, Name and strength for the use of materials such as cotton wool, titanium oxide, silicon and sodium chloride.
  • Manufacture – a product at this stage requires and creates data such as Country of origin, Sterile and non DEHP, Dangerous Goods, Storage Instructions, Unit of Measure/Packaging Configuration for the use of materials such as consumables, medical devices and pharmaceuticals and in product design.
  • Sponsor – a product at this stage requires data such as Name, Contact and Ingredients for the use by the brand owner and distributors.
  • Regulation – a product at this stage requires data such as Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods ID (ARTGID), Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Prostheses Rebate Code (PRC) for the use in regulatory, funding arrangements and in product recalls.
  • Import/Export – a product at this stage requires data such as Weights, Dimensions and SSCC for the use in transporting via air, sea, road and rail.
  • Distribution – a product at this stage requires data such as Weights, Dimensions and Handling Instructions to ensure the right product, at the right price, for the right person, at the right location and time.
  • Logistics – a product at this stage requires data such as Weights, Dimensions and Ship-to Bill-to for the transport of products across the supply chain.
  • Wholesale – a product at this stage requires data such as Logistics Information, Pricing Data and Sponsor information for supply to organisations and inventory management.
  • Retail – a product at this stage requires data such as Pricing, Product and PBS for the use in community pharmacies, supermarkets and for supplies to the general public.
  • Health Service – a product at this stage requires data such as PBS, PRC, Logistics and ARTGID for the use in Hospitals, health facilities, community clinics, aged care and medical centres.
  • Store Room – a product at this stage requires data such as Logistics, PRC and Pack Size for the use in inventory management, forecasting and local supply.
  • Care Provider – a product at this stage requires data such as Brand, Sterile, Non DEHP and Non Latex for the use GPs, specialists, nurses, dentists and allied health.
  • Patient – a product at this stage requires data such as GTIN, Sterile and Non Latex for the use by public, private and self-caring patients.
  • Disposal – a product at this stage requires data such as Handling Instructions and Recyclable to reuse, recycle or retire the product.

Data

The following areas of data relate to a number of stages in the product cycle. In each accordion, there will be a diagram of how specific data is presented at each relevant stage of the cycle.

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where Global Trade Item Number data plays a role. The Global Trade Item Number in this case is present across all stages.

Supply Chain Data Global Location Number

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where the Global Location Number data plays a role. Like the Global Trade Item Number, the Global Location Number is also present across all stages of the cycle.

Supply Chain Data Global Location Number

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where data for the Prosthetic Rebate Code plays a role. The Prosthetic Rebate Code is present in the Sponsor, Regulation, Wholesale, Health Service, Store Room, Care Provider, and Patient stages of the cycle.

Supply Chain Data Prosthetic Rebate Code

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where data from Australian Medicines Terminology is important. Australian Medicines Terminology data may be used in the Sponsor, Regulation, Wholesale, Retail, Health Service, Care Provider, and Patient stages of the cycle.

Supply Chain Data Australian Medicines Terminology

Function

The following areas of function relate to a number of areas in the product cycle. Each diagram in the sections below details the specific areas where function is presented at each relevant stage.

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where the Regulatory function plays a role. The Regulatory function is present in the Sponsor, Manufacture, and Regulation stages of the product cycle.

Supply Chain Function Regulatory

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where the Procurement function plays a role. The Procurement function is present in the Sponsor, Retail, Health Service, and Patient stages of the product cycle.

Supply Chain Function Procurement

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where the Tendering function plays a role. The Tendering function is present in the Sponsor, Wholesale, Retail, and Health Service stages of the product cycle.

Supply Chain Function Tendering

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where the Logistics function plays a role. The Logistics function is present in the Manufacture, Import/Export, Distribution, Logistics, Wholesale, Retail, and Health Service stages of the cycle.

Supply Chain Function Logistics

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where the Recalls function plays a role. The Recalls function starts at the Patient stage and travels through the Care Provider and Retail stages, before moving the Store Room, Health Service, Wholesale, Logistics, Distribution, Regulation, Sponsor, Manufacture and finally, the Raw Materials stage.

Supply Chain Function Recalls

This diagram shows the stages of the cycle where the National Product Catalogue function plays a role. The National Product Catalogue is present throughout each stage of the cycle starting with Raw Materials and travelling right through to the Disposal stage.

Supply Chain Function National Product Catalogue