Identifying injectable medicines and fluids, and the devices used to deliver them, can improve the safety of medicines administration. The Commission developed National Standard for User-applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines (the Labelling Standard) for health professionals to communicate safely:
The Labelling Standard replaces the previous editions of the National Recommendations for User-applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines (the Labelling Recommendations).
What’s new in the Labelling Standard
The Labelling Standard expands on the previous Labelling Recommendations to include:
The Labelling Standard applies to ALL clinical areas in Australian health services where injectable medicines and fluids are administered. Implementation of the Labelling Standard is a mandatory requirement for meeting the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards – in particular, NSQHS Standard 4: Medication Safety.
The Labelling Standard labels are available in PDF and EPS (print-ready) formats for reproduction by label suppliers.
The following resources are being revised to align with the revised Labelling Standard and will be available shortly.