National Pharmaceutical Product Index (NAPPI) Product Suite

A globally unique national coding system, owned by MediKredit, for all pharmaceutical, surgical and healthcare consumable products in RSA, NAPPI codes enable the provider to claim for products via a unique, scheme-recognised, code.

MediKredit has over the years undertaken to facilitate the adoption of NAPPI (National Pharmaceutical Product Interface) as a national electronic standard on behalf of the South African healthcare industry.

A NAPPI code is a unique identifier for a given ethical, surgical or consumable product which enables electronic transfer of information throughout the healthcare delivery chain.Tariff codes, on the other hand, are used as the standard for electronic information exchange for procedure and consultation claims.

MediKredit is also responsible for the implementation of decisions of the NAPPI Advisory Board ("NAB"), an independent, not-for-profit organisation, which consists of healthcare industry role-players. NAB members include hospitals, medical schemes, medical scheme administrators, medical and dental associations as well as other representative industry bodies.

NAB meets on a regular basis to set policies to meet the following objectives:

  • to promote and ensure ongoing use in the South African healthcare industry of NAPPI codes as a coding standard for ethical, surgical and consumable products; and
  • to improve data accuracy, integrity and completeness thus improving data quality relating to the allocation of NAPPI codes for ethical, surgical and consumable products.

The allocation of a NAPPI code by MediKredit does however not serve as an endorsement or accreditation of the product in question by MediKredit nor is it a guarantee of reimbursement of any given product by a funder.

Please also refer to the NAPPI CODE ALLOCATION POLICY which is also maintained and updated with all NAB decisions.

MediKredit, as custodians of the NAPPI Product File, has made a commitment to publish the public domain file free of charge since the inception of NAPPI as a coding standard. The public domain file contains information on the NAPPI code, product description, strength, pack size and manufacturer.

Product information that is not available in the public domain is available from MediKredit at a fee, subject to certain conditions.

Disclaimer & Limitation Liability:

While MediKredit commits itself to making all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information contained in the NAPPI Product Files are accurate, it gives no warranties and makes no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information contained in the NAPPI Product Files or their fitness for any particular purpose, and the user agrees to rely on such information at its own risk. In this regard, the user accepts that MediKredit shall not be liable, whether in contract, delict or otherwise, for any direct, indirect, special or consequential loss or damage or any loss of profit suffered or sustained by the user as a result of or in connection with the use of or reliance on the information contained in the NAPPI Product Files by the user and all such liability is expressly excluded.

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