The Singapore Manufacturing Federation-Standards Development Organisation (SMF-SDO) launched the Singapore Standard 644 (SS 644) – Guidelines for the Supply and Delivery of Medication on 1 November 2019.
The launch was attended by 83 participants from 34 organisations. A workshop was held thereafter and was attended by 84 participants from 41 organisations.
The SS 644 was developed based on the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS) Guideline for Supply and Delivery of Medication to Customers. SS 644 expanded on the PSS Guidelines to provide clearer directions 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.
Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Health, who announced the SS 644 at the 29th 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.”
A panel discussion was held during the launch of SS 644. (From left): Mr Choi Kwok Keong (SMF-SDO), Mr Lee Boon Shim (Infocomm Media Development Authority), Dr Yong Chern Chet (Chairman, Biomedical and Health Standards Committee), Dr Lou Huei-Xin (Integrated Health Information Systems), Ms Corrinne Tan (Convenor, SS 644 Working Group), and Ms Irene Quay (President, PSS).
Participants at the launch learnt about the medication delivery landscape, intent behind the drafting of the standard and the gaps it intends to address, as well as the future of medication delivery that can be supported by the standard.
After the launch, a workshop on SS 644 was held. It focused on the key differences between SS 644 and the PSS Guidelines, main considerations on the adoption of SS 644 in last mile medication supply and delivery from a pharmacy and logistic stakeholder’s perspective, and implementation case studies in the public and private sector.
Q&A session at the Workshop of SS 644. (From left:) Mr Chong Jiun Yih (National Healthcare Group Pharmacy), Mr Hendry Sofian (GrabExpress), Mr Marcus Heng (National Healthcare Group Pharmacy), Ms Lim Woan Chyi (Tan Tock Seng Hospital), Ms Ang Por Chin (ST Logistics).