National Product Catalogue Delivering Supply Chain Benefits to Cook Medical

The National Product Catalogue (NPC) was developed in 2006 by the Agency in consultation with Australian State, Territory and Federal Health Departments as the single source of item master data for Australian healthcare organisations, when purchasing medicines, medical devices and medical consumables.

To address issues relating to inconsistency in identification, data exchange and eProcurement messaging, a pilot project was established at three Victorian hospitals in conjunction with the Agency to develop standardisation around the messaging protocols and data held in the RFID tags.

The NPC is a single repository of product and pricing information for the healthcare industry and records important supply chain and clinical information such as product components, pack size, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) risk classification, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) notification and prosthesis rebate codes.

Hosted by not-for-profit industry association GS1 Australia on GS1net (a Global Data Synchronisation Network certified data pool used in Australia and New Zealand), the NPC is part of a platform enabling secure product item master data exchange between healthcare suppliers and purchasers.

Since its introduction, the Agency has worked with GS1 Australia to encourage suppliers of healthcare products to use the NPC to communicate product and price data to key government and private sector healthcare purchasers within Australia.