First UDI deadline is fast approaching
The U.S. FDA Unique Identification rule requires all medical devices sold in the U.S. to be identified and marked, and product information to be stored in the FDA database. The first deadline for class III (high risk) medical devices was 24 September 2014.
GS1 Malaysia organises its first healthcare seminar
GS1 Malaysia organised its first healthcare seminar "Raising the Bar on Patient Safety and Supply Chain Efficiency" in April 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. Many international and local speakers presented the benefits in implementing GS1 Standards including Feargal McGroarty, National Haemophilia System project manager at St James’s Hospital, Ireland, who showcased how GS1 Standards reduced medication errors in the hospital.
The NHS eProcurement Strategy Announced
"To ensure that these new efficiencies are sustained and further improved upon, I am announcing this NHS eProcurement strategy, which will establish the global GS1 coding and PEPPOL messaging standards throughout the healthcare sector and its supporting supply chains." Dr Dan Poulter MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, March 2014 on the launch of the NHS eProcurement Strategy.