Danish Medicines Agency’s COVID-19 logistics centre for protective equipment and critical devices
There are shortages of protective equipment, such as face masks, visors/shields and gowns, in several areas of the healthcare sector due to the worldwide increased demand caused by the corona pandemic. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Danish Medicines Agency has worked determinedly with companies, regions and municipalities to counteract the supply problems.
To support the Danish healthcare sector in procuring sufficient supplies of protective equipment, a logistics centre has been established in the Danish Medicines Agency with a national overview of supplies in the regions and the municipalities. The centre will be the national coordination point for the distribution and reallocation of protective equipment and critical medical devices.
The logistics centre will work to avoid a situation in which some areas of the country have more protective equipment and more critical medical devices than needed while other areas of the country struggle with acute shortages.
Procurement and inventory status
To maintain an updated overview of the supply situation, the municipalities and the regions must regularly report their levels of protective equipment and critical medical devices to a new database. The municipalities and the regions must maintain an overview of their own levels of protective equipment and in the longer term critical medical devices.
Rational use of protective equipment
All sectors must ensure a prioritised use of protective equipment and medical devices among individuals based on the current guidelines from the Danish Health Authority and SSI (Statens Serum Institut).
It is important to use the available protective equipment rationally by not using too much or too little – in the healthcare sector and all other sectors. The use of protective equipment is increasing, but the rational use of protective equipment could help to avoid supplies being depleted because of excessive use.
Principles for distribution of protective equipment and other medical devices
If a municipality or region should run out of protective equipment, and attempts have already been made to procure and obtain protective equipment elsewhere, the municipality or region can contact the logistics centre of the Danish Medicines Agency.
In the municipality, no one else than the person responsible for inventory data should contact the logistics centre. All inquiries must go through the person responsible for inventory data.
In the region, no one else than the COVID-19 contact person appointed by the region should contact the logistics centre.
The principles below have been agreed between the Danish Medicines Agency, Local Government Denmark and Danish Regions.
Facts about the logistics centre
- The Danish Medicines Agency does not have any supplies of protective equipment of its own but will be facilitating contact between municipalities and regions based on the information reported on supplies of protective equipment and medical devices.
- If a municipality runs out of equipment and cannot obtain any through other means, the Danish Medicines Agency will, based on the reported inventory data, help to establish contact with a municipality that has supplies. If this is not possible, the municipality will be put in touch with the region it belongs to.
- If a region runs out of protective equipment, the Danish Medicines Agency will assist, based on the reported inventory data, to match and establish contact with another region that has supplies.
- Should it become necessary to prioritise scarce supplies, decisions will be based on a medical assessment carried out in collaboration with the Danish Health Authority and SSI (Statens Serum Institut).
The principles are directional and may change in step with the spread of COVID-19, developments in treatment capacity and other new measures and strategies.