• 1.2 million drug packages tracked and traced across the UAE.
• 1,760 partners ready to interact with and support the platform.
• The platform being showcased at the Arab Health 2023
Dubai, February 2, 2023: The UAE health authorities has officially launched the national drug tracking system ' Tatmeen', the region’s first platform of its kind to track and trace pharmaceutical products. With this innovative system, the UAE is taking a major step towards ensuring the immunity and security of its medical supply chains.
The highly advanced track and trace platform was unveiled by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi (DoH), and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) during their participation in Arab Health 2023, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Center from January 30 to February 2. The three entities are participating in the event under one platform called 'Emirates Health'.
The 'Tatmeen' platform, which provides modern electronic tracking services for medicines and medical products, has been developed in partnership with a number of major technological entities to enhance the reliability of the supply chains of pharmaceutical products.
Strengthening drug control
The state-of-the-art platform will significantly enhance control over all medicines circulating in the country, by creating a seamless electronic network connecting federal and local authorities, factories, distributors, pharmacies, and consumers. This will allow for vigilant monitoring and tracking of pharmaceuticals, in line with national health plans for building a world-class drug security system. The platform will also help position the UAE as a recognized global innovator in the field of medicine supply safety.
Digital transformation in health services
For his part, H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Dashti, the Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector, said that 'Tatmeen' platform is a top-tier national health project developed as part of the Ministry’s ongoing digital transformation efforts. It also comes in line with the government's directives to digitize vital services and improve the quality and speed of service provision. He went on say that 'Tatmeen' platform represents a significant change in the healthcare industry, incorporating cutting-edge technologies and advanced equipment.
Al Dashti added that the platform offers comprehensive health and drug services to the public and enables the tracking of drug products through the entire supply chain on a single digital platform. This will certainly benefit society by making health and drug services provided more accessible and efficient.
Convenience & transparency
Meanwhile, Ali Al Ajmi, Director of the Digital Health Department, MoHAP, said that Tatmeen is an ideal example of the future-oriented steps being taken by health authorities to guarantee the quality and dependability of medicines both locally made and imported. The platform adheres to the cutting-edge 'GS1' digital sequencing standards, imparting greater transparency and trust in the pharmaceutical industry.
Al Ajmi added that with the use of cutting-edge digital sequencing techniques, Tatmeen tracks every step of a pharmaceutical product's journey, from its origin to its expiration date, simply by scanning a serial number. This joint digital platform is accessible through its website or smart app, offering convenience and transparency in the pharmaceutical industry.
Since its operational launch, the 'Tatmeen' platform has seen impressive results, including the tracking and tracing of 1.2 million drug packages across the UAE. Over 3,500 diligent and dedicated employees have worked tirelessly to protect the medical supply chain while adhering to the highest health and safety standards. The platform has also provided training to 1,200 individuals, equipping them to join the 'Tatmeen' team, with a total of 250 training hours completed over the past two years. Additionally, the platform has attracted 1,760 partners ready to collaborate and utilize its benefits.
The platform’s launch in 2020 marked a major milestone in the government's efforts to digitize vital projects and improve the quality of health services. With its advanced technology and commitment to safety, the platform provides trustworthy information on medicines, ensuring that medical and pharmaceutical products are safe for use.