How the MHRA is improving traceability, efficiency and safety using UDI

NHE LogoAndy Crosbie, head of Biosciences and Implants at the MHRA, discusses how the organisation has started to use Unique Device Identification based on GS1 standards in healthcare recalls.

Medicine BottlesPatient safety is at the forefront of all that we do at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and we’re always working to see what more we can do, and how we can improve, to ensure medicines and medical devices are as safe as possible.

Since 2013 we have been working with the Department of Health to improve procurement processes in the NHS with the aim of freeing up money and resources in support of frontline care.

In order to do this, the NHS will soon adopt GS1 standards for products (including medicines and medical devices), patient identification (using barcoded patient wristbands) and locations in order to improve purchasing efficiency, control of supply chains within hospitals and patient safety. GS1 standards are also one of the main systems being adopted worldwide for Unique Device Identification (UDI), and in support of the eProcurement programme MHRA has started to use UDIs based on GS1 standards in healthcare recalls.

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