Another Leading Global Medical Device Supplier Joins HIBCC AU

5 August 2003

Leading supplier of Orthopaedic and surgical products, Zimmer Pty Ltd, has joined HIBCC AU. Zimmer is a key subscriber and supporter of the HIBCC standards, including the UPN Repository, a strategically important initiative of HIBCC AU for medical devices products. Michael Schaffler, the Operations Director of Zimmer said: “The UPN Repository is a cornerstone product for the management and tracking of high value surgical products from the supply and fulfilment right through to the patient”.

Kirk Kikirekov, President of HIBCC AU said of the Zimmer signing: “We are delighted to have Zimmer as a member of HIBCC AU. Zimmer is an important signing for HIBCC AU, since it confirms our strategy to provide standards and services that are an important enabler to improving efficiency in medical device supply chains.”

HIBCC AU is enthusiastic and supportive of hospital initiatives that use barcoding applications to automatically capture product information at the bedside, and in particular within operating theatres where medical devices need to be tracked to the patient. “The supply chain for medical devices starts at the point of consumption. If hospitals can efficiently and accurately capture product consumption automatically, and then share usage data at this point with suppliers, then it has obvious benefits to hospitals increasingly looking to achieve cost savings, but also to suppliers who benefit through timelier and accurate product usage information. The UPN Repository is a key component of such initiatives,” said Kirk Kikirekov.


Established in 1984 by leading healthcare associations, HIBCC (Health Industry Business Communications Council) is the primary standard-setting and educational organisation for barcoding and e-commerce initiatives in the world of healthcare. HIBCC’s mission is to improve the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the healthcare industry by fostering and promoting automated business communications. The HIBCC mission is extended globally via a network of HIBCC offices located throughout the world. The HIBC Standards are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

HIBCC AU is the Australian affiliate of HIBCC, and was established in March 2002 to address the growing health industry awareness for the need to become more efficient through supply chain reforms.

More than 1,500 medical device suppliers use the HIBCC standards globally. Other members of HIBCC AU are major global medical device companies including Johnson & Johnson Medical, DePuy, Stryker, Smith & Nephew Surgical, Welch Allyn and Advanced Medical Optics.

For Further information about this press release and HIBCC AU, please contact:

Kirk Kikirekov
President, HIBCC AU
Tel: 02 9258 7225