Why choose the GS1 System of Standards?

Reduce cost and complexity

Some organisations develop their own proprietary identification systems, electronic product catalogues or traceability systems, which are only functional within their own organisation. Others use locally developed systems that are only functional within the confines of a single sector or a single country.


The GS1 System of Standards enables all stakeholders to efficiently and effectively comply with various local and global requirements by ensuring interoperability and compatibility within an organisation, between organisations and across borders.

  1. Global – GS1 Standards ensure globally unique identifi cation and enable cross-border compatibility of supply chain solutions.
  2. Robust – Today, in various sectors, over 6 billion transactions per day are enabled by GS1 Standards, demonstrating its robustness.
  3. Multi-sector – Using the same standard to identify and trace Healthcare and non-Healthcare items ensures compatibility for Healthcare stakeholders sourcing a wide variety of items.
  4. User-generated – GS1 Standards are built and maintained collaboratively by volunteers from across the world and hospital as well as a multi-national supplier.
  5. Scalable – GS1 Standards meet the needs of a small rural Many leading organisations worldwide have endorsed GS1 Standard.

Many leading organisations worldwide have endorsed GS1 Standards to enable effective and efficient supply chain solutions for the Healthcare sector.

  • We need a global vision: Healthcare is a global business where supply chain partners exchange goods and information. Global standards are key success factors for process improvements for suppliers.Dr. Meinrad Lugan, Member of the Management Board of B.Braun Melsungen AG, Germany

  • Using multiple standards to catalogue, order, invoice, inventory and ship supplies and devices, increases costs and safety risks and makes the Healthcare supply chain so complex that efficiencies are difficult achieve.Mike Duke, Senior Director, Supply Chain Services, VHA, Inc., USA (VHA serves 1,400 not-for-profi t hospitals and more than 24,000 non-acute care Healthcare organisations nationwide.)

  • We are taking this leadership position now because it is time to implement GS1 Global Supply Chain Standards in Healthcare if we hope to; reduce the overall cost of Healthcare, significantly increase supply chain efficiency and improve patient safety. GPOs stand ready to help their hospitals and supplier partners make Healthcare better today!Curtis Rooney, President of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA), USA (representing 16 Group Purchasing Organisations)

  • When developing a bar code strategy, reviewing a company’s existing bar code strategy or changing packaging and labelling confi urations, Eucomed recommends that its members consider the adoption, or increased use of GS1 Standards.Eucomed Guidance Document, September 2007 (Eucomed represents 4,500 designers, manufacturers and suppliers of medical technology.)

  • We are building an electronically interconnected health environment based on GS1 Standards. This will provide a vital opportunity to make significant efficiency gains and cost savings in the public health sector at a time when there are considerable pressures on limited resources to meet current and future service demands.Ken Nobbs, Program Manager – Medical Products, National E-Health Transition Authority (NETHA), Australia

  • CPSI and ISMP Canada jointly endorsed the adoption of the GS1 Global Standards for automatic identification of pharmaceutical products in Canada. Through the Canadian Pharmaceutical Bar Coding Project, the Healthcare system is working to proactively and cooperatively reach agreement on implementation of the standards, moving towards use of bar coding to enhance safety checks at multiple points…Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Canada, Press Release, November 2009

  • Adopting GS1 Standards will allow us to improve and integrate processes with our suppliers, distributors and customers. This system also offers improvement in security, cost savings and  efficiencies.Mario Jerez, Director, Cenabast, Chile (Supply Center for the Ministry of Health in Chile)

  • We have recommended that the GS1 System should be used for coding in Healthcare, both by manufacturers of medicines and devices, and by NHS organisations. This recommendation will be supported by co-ordinated action from a number of agencies.Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Former Minister of State for Quality at the Department of Health (2007), UK

  • The AHRMM Board and its membership are dedicated to the GS1 Standards movement in Healthcare because we understand the positive impact data standards will have on improving patient safety and supply chain efficiency. I urge every supply chain professional to become educated about the GS1 Standards…Jay Kirkpatrick, President, Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management, American Hospital Ass



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