ACOM_FS2 - ACOM Fact Sheet No. 2 The Australian Catalogue...

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26 May 2004 Page 1 of 5 ACOM Fact Sheet No. 2 The Australian Catalogue of Medicines Quality Assurance Process Background Because of the nature of the Australian Catalogue of Medicines (ACOM) content and its potential widespread use – particularly within the health system – it is essential that a comprehensive quality assurance (QA) process be implemented to meet stringent standards of accuracy. The QA unit The QA unit will consist of a team of qualified officers within the Department of Health and Ageing. Their responsibilities will be: ± reviewing the accuracy of the product data; ± checking for consistency with defined catalogue database business rules for data presentation; ± allocating products to virtual medicine groups; and ± assigning Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) index classification codes. The QA process After a supplier has completed all the required details for a product, they are required to submit the product to the QA process. A member of the QA unit will contact the supplier to resolve or clarify any issues that may arise from the QA process. Once the QA process is completed, the supplier is required to perform a final check on the product details (including the virtual medicine group and ATC code that have been allocated to the product) and, when satisfied, can release the product so it is then available to data recipients. No one other than the supplier’s designated employees can change their
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ACOM_FS2 - ACOM Fact Sheet No. 2 The Australian Catalogue...

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