Extending the Collaboration of Healthcare Organisations (ECHO)

The ECHO initiative focuses on harmonising market strategies and data requirements of the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) across borders and translates this into a common data model used  by  the different countries involved: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and other countries who may join over time.


Download here the CORE ECHO data model.


About ECHO

ECHO is a collaboration of GS1 Member Organisations together with healthcare stakeholders.

How to get involved?

The ECHO initiative is made by and for the healthcare industry. We encourage stakeholders to embrace ECHO as part of their local and global strategies regarding data discussions and GDSN implementations.

Testimonials from the industry  

See what the experts have to say. Expert explanations on why the value of a harmonised approach is beneficial for the different organisations and departments involved in the supply chain.

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