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Linking AMT and NPC: Improving Medicines Management and Safety

To ensure the safe, reliable and consistent transfer of medicines information across all points of care, it is important that standardised clinical terminology and physical product identification related to pharmaceutical products is adopted. This will assist in the provision of a trusted source of prescribed, dispensed and administered medicines information for health professionals and consumers, further contributing to high-quality sustainable healthcare.

An accessible standardised terminology is available through the use of the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT). The AMT enables national alignment of clinical concept for each medicinal product to the physical form of the product via a linkage to the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) that identifies the physical product. The GTIN provides the primary identifier within product data and the physical marking (barcoding) of products.

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Updated: Supply Chain - Life Cycle of a Product

The interactive of the Life Cycle of a Product in the Supply Chain illustrates the life of a medical product across the healthcare system, how product data flows, and where unique identifiers and the National Product Catalogue (NPC) are utilised, the Agency's 'Life of a Product' interactive diagram has been updated.

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Alignment of United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) for Australian Healthcare

The Agency is putting data and technology to work for patients and the healthcare professionals who look after them. Medical product information is a key component of this and ensuring the health system has access to medical products at the time and location they need it is key enabler to a digital health system. An accurate system to order, track and recall medical products will help us achieve this and improve the quality of healthcare in Australia.

Read more: Alignment of United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) for Australian Healthcare