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    EMBARGOED TILL 11 00 HRS, 5 OCTOBER 2019 JOINT MEDIA RELEASE First National Standard to Support the Safe Delivery of Medication to Patients’ Preferred Locations Singapore Standards Council oversees industry-led multi-agency standardisation efforts to enhance patients ’    access to quality medication MR No.: 056/19 Singapore, Saturday, 5 October 2019 1. The Singapore Standards Council (SSC), the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS) and the Singapore Manufacturing Federation-Standards Development Organisation (SMF-SDO) have launched the first national standard, Singapore Standard 644 (SS 644) 1 , for the supply and delivery of medication to patients. The SS 644 ’s guidelines provide clear guidance for healthcare and logistics service providers on proper storage, security, traceability and safety of medication during the delivery process, and compliance with legal and professional requirements. Patients will be able to have their medication delivered to their preferred location such as their homes, offices, collection points including locker boxes, licensed retail pharmacies, medical clinics, day-care centres and nursing homes. 2. The development of SS 644 is in line with the National Pharmacy Strategy, developed by the Ministry of Health (MOH), to enhance the quality, affordability and accessibility of care to patients. Re-designing the medication supply chain to deliver medication to patients when and where they need it falls under one of its five ambits. (Refer to Annex A for information on the National Pharmacy Strategy) 1 SS 644 will replace the “Guideline for Supply and Delivery of Medication t o Customers” developed by PSS.    Page 2 of 9   3. Spearheaded by PSS and developed by the SSC’s  Biomedical and Health Standards Committee 2 , the formulation of SS 644 is an industry-led effort comprising representatives from the public and private healthcare, regulatory and logistics sectors. It is supported by the MOH, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), Enterprise Singapore, and SMF-SDO. 4. Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Health , who announced the SS 644 at the 29 th  Singapore Pharmacy Congress,   said, “MOH has been working with our public healthcare institutions and partners for a greater push towards shifting the healthcare services closer to home, so as to enhance accessibility and convenience for patients. I am pleased to note that various stakeholders have come together to formulate the SS 644 which will provide guidance for healthcare and logistics service providers in the supply and delivery of medication. This development is important in promoting and enabling the shift in bringing quality healthcare for Singaporeans closer to home. Patients and caregivers can be more assured of continued care beyond the hospital environment, and focus on managing their health and caregiving responsibilities.” 5. Ms Irene Quay, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore , said,   “The  precedent PSS guideline supplemented the legislation to enable novel means of last mile medication delivery and ensured standards of medication management and delivery process to safeguard the welfare of the consumers. In recognition of the value of the guideline to the wider industry, PSS collaborated with the Singapore Standards Council to level up the guideline into a Singapore Standard, expanding the scope to include other healthcare, regulatory and logistics providers’ considerations.   This will further enhance accessibility and convenience fo r patients.”  6. Mr Kay Kong Swan, Chairman, Singapore Logistics Association , said, “As a stakeholder, the representation from the logistics industry in the formulation of SS 644 makes it more practical for logistics service providers to launch or expand their medication delivery services. Companies leveraging on the standard will increase their quality and safety of their last mile delivery process, and will be able to offer business advantage when they include these guidelines into their tender specification s.”   2 The Biomedical and Health Standards Committee (BHSC) is one of the 10 Standards Committees of the Singapore Standards Council set up by Enterprise Singapore, the national standards body.    Page 3 of 9   7. Ms Choy Sauw Kook, Director-General (Quality & Excellence), Enterprise Singapore , said, “ The development of SS 644 follows close collaboration with industry partners to identify gaps to enhance healthcare provision. SS 644 supports new business models for retailers and logistics players, and provides new modes of convenient medication delivery for Singaporeans. Enterprise Singapore will work closely with PSS and our industry partners to encourage the widespread adoption of this standard, such as through providing capability upgrading and training for the industry. ”  8. Mr Douglas Foo, President of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) , said, “The SMF is pleased to be a key partner in the development of SS 644 through the Singapore Manufacturing Federation-Standards Development Organisation (SMF-SDO). As a partner in nation building, the SMF advocates the importance of efficiency while maintaining safety and security in the delivery of medication. With SS 644, we strongly believe it will raise standards of living in Singapore and beneficial to the aging population as medications are delivered closer to homes. The SMF remains committed to improving the wellbeing of the Singapore community and looks forward to further opportunities in continuing to be a key driver for standards creation on a national level.” 9. There will be a launch event for industry stakeholders and a workshop on SS 644 on 1 November 2019. SS 644 can be purchased from the Singapore Standards eShop at www.singaporestandardseshop.sg.  -End-    Page 4 of 9   For media enquiries, please contact: Enterprise Singapore Ms Yi Jing SEAH Business Partner Corporate Communications T : +65 6279 3825 M : +65 9672 6435 E : seah_yi_jing@enterprisesg.gov.sg  Ministry of Health Ms Truda Kwan Senior Manager Corporate Communications M : +65 9640 9498 E : Truda_KWAN@moh.gov.sg  Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore Ms Irene Quay Siew Ching President, 113 th  Council T : +65 6221 1136 M : +65 8121 7985 E : President@pss.org.sg  Singapore Manufacturing Federation Ms Jessica Loo Manager Corporate and Council Affairs T : +65 6826 3015 M : +65 9655 1471 E :  jessica.loo@smfederation.org.sg   About Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS) The Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore is the professional organisation representing pharmacists in Singapore. Founded in 1905 as the Straits Pharmaceutical Society, today it is steered by an elected council comprising a president and 11 council members. Our membership comprises of pharmacists practicing in the community, hospital, marketing/sales/distribution and academic sectors, with the mission to maximise the contribution of pharmacists to the healthcare of Singaporeans. For more information, please visit: www.pss.org.sg.   About Enterprise Singapore Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. We work with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise.
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