Inspiration

The recent Covid pandemic has caused much stress on the global supply chain of healthcare and medical products due to the sudden surge in demand among nations. This inspired me to harness the power of VCs to create a validated list of healthcare product suppliers so that nations could quickly engage with them during times of national emergency, such as pandemics and natural calamities. This is especially pertinent when the larger partner companies, whom these nations have always been dependent on for their healthcare supplies, are unable to keep up with the burgeoning global demand. With verified VCs, these nations could trust the quality of their imported products and begin export operations immediately. This will remove cases where healthcare products do not meet standards to adequately protect and serve citizens. Some examples of such cases included the case in China where over 89 million poor quality face masks failed to meet international standards, as well as the case in which Durisan voluntarily recalled its hand sanitizer product as they were found with high levels of Burkholderia cepacia complex and Ralstonia pickettii, which can lead to serious infections, including infection of the skin, soft tissues, lungs or bloodstream. With VCs allowing the immediate export of high quality healthcare products from trusted suppliers, the global impact of this solution is immense as thousands of lives could potentially be saved.

What it does

The seller is able to get his/her products to undergo a quality check from one of the issuer’s partner laboratories which conducts lab tests on the product on their quality (from toxicity to performance). Thereafter the issuer will collate the test results and issue a VC and send it back to the seller through email. With the VC, the seller is able to share the link either through their e-commerce platform for B2C transactions or through email with other B2B transactions. The VC can be verified on a central platform on each country’s assurance portal.

How we built it

I have explored and utilised the usage of Affinidi’s API to build the entire POC flow.

Challenges we ran into it

How to make the user journey of the all 3 stakeholders to flow the best

Accomplishment that I’m proud of

To be able to work on a project in such a short amount of time

What I have learnt

To learn about SSI

What’s next

Apart from the aforementioned example, not only would a government entity benefit from the VCs, smaller entities such as local SME mask distributors or even individuals who would like to procure masks of high quality could turn to VCs to verify the authenticity and business practices of foreign mask manufacturing companies.

We could also potentially explore diversifying this use to encompass other products other than medical products. In times of pandemic, nations like Singapore have a high propensity of facing food shortage as we depended largely on foreign exports for our food supply. For instance, Singapore depended largely on Thailand for our supply of rice. During the pandemic, Thailand faced a shortage of supply of rice, hence threatened to increase the prices of exported rice due to economic market factors. In this example, Singapore could use VCs to verify the quality of imported rice from other rice suppliers from other regions to commence imports from them immediately.

Expanding to other use cases outside the realm of crisis, we could explore other industries such as the toy manufacturing industry, where children’s products could be verified to me toxic-free before they are being exported.

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