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National Product Catalogue
The National Product Catalogue (NPC): a single mechanism to communicate standardised and accurate product and price data electronically to Australian health departments and private hospital providers.
- Accurate Data = Accurate Procurement
- Reduced effort for suppliers in collating data for tenders
- All state and territory health departments reference NPC data to purchase
- Increasingly private healthcare providers are using the NPC
- Overall data management time for suppliers and buyers is reduced
The NPC records important supply chain and clinical information such as:
- Product components;
- Pack sizes;
- Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) risk classification; and
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) or RPBS notification and Prostheses Rebate Code.
Benefits of the National Product Catalogue (NPC)
By registering for the National Product Catalogue (NPC), you can:
- Identify which products to load correct data set
- Ensure you have correct GLNs
- Identify upload method
- Load products
- Validate data
- Publish data to data recipients
- Put in place data maintenance process and keep data current
- Become NPC ready/NPC populated
How does the NPC work?
The NPC uses GS1's standard identifier, the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), as the globally unique primary product identifier for every NPC record. The GTIN provides unambiguous product identification and reduces the risk of product identification errors where internal catalogue numbers may be duplicated across companies.
A GTIN is assigned to all products, at all levels of packaging, which are supplied to the Australian healthcare sector via the NPC.
Additional validation will be introduced for Trade Item Description and Short Description fields in the National Product Catalogue.