Bar code in Europe
Currently a lot of organisations are working together in health care on tracking and tracing. The following organisations are involved:
- EUCOMED is an umbrella organisation in the non-pharmaceutical healthcare field consisting of 24 national and pan-European associations, representing the interests of more than 1,8000 manufacturers and distributors throughout Europe, and 15 multi-national companies which have a major European presence. EUCOMED's goal is to assist industry in ensuring the provision of high quality healthcare to all citizens of Europe.
- GS1 Nederland is a non-profit making association that has the mission of taking a leading role in the establishment of a global multi-industry system of identification and communication for products and services based on internationally accepted and business led standards. The objective is to improve the efficiency of integrated logistics while contributing added value to partners involved, as well as to consumers.
- EHIBCC is the European Health Industry Business Communications Council and is a non-profit making international association to set up, develop and promote a uniform European standard for bar coding within health care. EHIBCC's members are: EUCOMED, HOPE, FIDE, HIBCC, ISBT.
- Eurocode-IBLS provides an international non-profit standard for labeling blood products and tissue to enhance security in blood transfusion and tissue transplantation.
- ISBT is the International Society for Blood Transfusion. The ISBT Working Party on Automatic Data Processing (ISBT WPADP) has empowered by its member national bloodbanking organisations to develop a single world standard for the bar code labelling of blood and blood products. Blood labelling is one of the oldest applications for bar codes.
- HOPE - the Hospital Committee of the European Community (HCEC) - launched its HOPE programme (Hospitals for Europe) 5 years ago. Supported by the work and activities of its two sub-committees, the HCEC endeavours to achieve its associating, informing, advocating, exchanging, studying and educating mission towards the 13,000 hospitals of the European Union, that employ in excess of 4 million health staff and serve the 340 million citizens of the European Union 24 hours a day.