National Product Catalogue (NPC) on GS1net is endorsed by all Australian states, Territory and Federal Health departments as the ‘source of item master data for procurement’ for public health institutions. According to Innovit Australia , suppliers must load their products and price catalogues onto NPC to successfully bid for NSW and WA Health tenders.
The key reasons for the adoption by New South Wales Health for NPC (National Product Catalogue) are:
- Ensuring the safety of patients and healthcare professionals
- Controlling the costs of production and procurement
- Controlling the cost of logistics
- Facilitating itemised billing
- Maintaining regulatory compliance
As a supplier to state based health jurisdictions, the adoption of the GS1 standards for healthcare has a range of challenges. Even if a company is already NPC-compliant, there is still a range of ‘sustainability’ issues around the process of managing the product and price data.
The iICE product from Innovit Australia provides guidance for the following:
- Cost effective way to maintain compliance with NPC
- Avoid direct data entry into NPC (GS1net) with all the potential issues of invalid data
- Build a single repository of ‘comprehensive’ product master data within an organisation
- The process to update the data while maintaining data integrity
- A way to maintain SOX compliance (Sarbanes Oxley) for product master data
- Reduce administration time and effort with data approval workflow
- Maintain electronic audit trails at each stage of approval
Innovit Australia have experience in managing the process for customers. The iICE products are one of the few solutions certified by GS1. Companies such as Novartis, Wyeth, Stryker, Analytica and Welch Allyn have selected Innovit Australia to meet the 2009 timelines. Innovit Australia provide cost-effective solutions for NPC compliance.