GM-020 Optimising the supply chain of medical devices: pharmaceutical classification and quality management

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The hospital pharmacy is in charge of providing pharmaceutical products for 1200 hospital beds dispatched across more than 46 care units. It covers a large rank of references arranged arbitrarily. This lack of standardisation in the medical devices classification can cause sudden shortages and disturbances in space management.


The aim was to implement progressively a quality management system by building storage mapping related to both risk based classification of medical devices and their medical specialty panels.

Material and methods

The superficies of storage stores were calculated through development plans. To classify and organise medical devices, two programmes were used: Microsoft Excel 2010 and ARCHICAD19. The dimensions of the secondary and tertiary packaging of each medical device, shelves and storage pallets were measured. Other parameters were also calculated: packaging volume, average monthly consumption, volume of average monthly storage and number of average monthly consumption in 1 year, and the effective storage capacity (ESC) of each storage store.


The ESC of storage store were, respectively, 552.20 m3 for fungible, 227.68 m3 for products accessories for medicine and pharmacy (PAMP) and 38.80 m3 for surgical sutures. 14 medical specialty panels composed fungible storage store. Their distribution was as follows:


These statistics are also converted in space occupancy percentage.


The new classification has helped to build storage mapping of medical devices, which has provided better product visual identification, has improved space management and will have a positive impact on performance indicators of the quality management system, such as decreased shortages.

References and/or acknowledgements

Article 4, Dahir No 1-13-90 du 22 chaoual 1434 (30August 2013) Law No. 84-12 related to devices medical.

References and/or acknowledgements

Article 7, Decree No 2-14-607 (18 September 2014) Law No. 84-12 related to devices medical.

References and/or acknowledgements

No conflict of interest

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