GS1 Healthcare Standards

GS1 Healthcare Standards (Identification)

The widespread use of GS1 Standards has revolutionized efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness in a range of industries. Recognizing the impact that industry-wide adoption of a common language can have, GS1 Healthcare US® is committed to helping the industry improve efficiency and quality for lower costs, more streamlined care delivery, and better patient safety using GS1 Standards. GS1 Standards are like the DNA of items and products moving through the value chain. By uniquely identifying each, it’s possible to link items and products with relevant information.

GS1 Standards begin with GS1 Identification Numbers used to uniquely distinguish all products (trade items), logistics units, locations, assets, and relationships across the supply chain from manufacturer to patient.

  • Global Location Number (GLN) provides information about the location of a company’s headquarters, as well as locations within a company, such as billing departments, ship-to addresses, and locations
  • Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) allows suppliers to create unique and standardized identifiers for products/cases. GS1 GTINs and barcodes can also be used for U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements.*
  • Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) identifies logistics units, such as cases, cartons, or pallets as they travel through shipping and receiving. The SSCC enables this unit to be tracked individually.

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