Endoss is Ready for the Future
Standardization in the medical- and healthcare sector is on the rise. Endoss, supplier of disposables that improve patient safety, prefers to take a proactive approach rather than wait for Governments or Healthcare institutions to implement standardization requirements.
“We are investing in labels meeting the GS1 Standards right now, because not only can our customers benefit from them in the future, so can we. GS1 introduced us to Mediclabel by Type2Solutions. They helped us redesign our labels and incorporate a datamatrix. We’re ready for the future”, say Natasja Kuipers and Vincent van der Meer at Endoss.
ADC and MDR, based on GS1 Standards
Multiple international legislations, such as UDI and MDR, are about to be implemented in Europe. These laws oblige the suppliers of medical devices to supply their products with a Unique Device Identifier (UDI). A British distributor was the first to ask Endoss for standardization. This distributor was, in turn, compelled by the National Health Service (NHS), with a deadline of October 2017. In England, the choice was made to implement these laws using the GS1 standard for barcodes, because GS1 is the accredited agency for UDI identification.
Nastasja Kuipers, international account manager: “We created a graduation project out of it. Michael Raats, studying MER at the AVANS Hogeschool, wrote a clear Thesis that we could implement directly. Amongst other things, he researched in different countries and at our clients how a supplier could best implement the standard.”
Kuipers and Vincent Van der Meer (Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Specialist) emphasize that Endoss chose to implement the GS1 Standard. They aim to comply to the new impending legislations such as the ADC (Agreements Unique Coding) and MDR (Medical Device Regulation).
A tip for companies that are feeling the increasing pressure to standardize
Endoss is ready for the ADC to become law but does not wish to stand still the coming time. Kuipers and Van der Meer have a few tips for businesses that are feeling the pressure to standardize:
“Don’t wait, it will take a while before you have everything sorted out. It also helps to take a proactive role. Hospitals already have so many obligations, if you as a supplier can make it easier for them, then you should want that.”