Sectors and Industries


Patients/clients and governments are demanding more and more information, and product safety data is becoming increasingly important. By uniquely identifying products, people and locations, traceability from manufacturer to patient are possible. GS1 helps companies meet this information need for an efficient and transparent supply chain.

GS1 in Europe follows the global direction given within this important sector but also deploys new initiatives to support locally.

Extending the Collaboration of Healthcare Organisations (ECHO)

ECHO focuses on harmonising market strategies and data requirements across borders in order to maximise the benefits of using GDSN.

Unique Device Identification (UDI)

The Unique Device Identification (UDI) is a system used to mark and identify medical devices within the healthcare supply chain, also su. In Europe this is also related to the EU regulatory database EUDAMED.

Related Publications

GLN in Healthcare Implementation Guide
The Global Location Number (GLN) is a globally unique GS1 Identification Key that is used to identify any physical location or legal entity in the supply chain that needs to be unambiguously identified. The Healthcare GLN Work Group announces the availability of the GLN In Healthcare Implementation Guide. This document serves as a general guide for the implementation of GLNs in healthcare.
GS1 DataMatrix enhances Patient Safety
View how GS1 DataMatrix enhances Patient Safety in Hospitals. Ensuring traceability of surgical instruments and pharmaceuticals from production to final use.