Sectors and Industries


In a sector like Healthcare, where there is no margin for error, data on product safety is vital! Both patients and Governments are demanding more and more information to be sure that the products used meet quality and safety criteria.

By uniquely identifying products, people and locations, traceability from manufacturer to patient is possible. GS1 systems help medical supply companies meet this information need, ensuring a transparent and efficient supply chain.

GS1 in Europe follows the global guidance within this important sector, while at the same time developing local initiatives.

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)

UDI is a system used to mark and identify medical devices within the healthcare supply chain. In Europe this is also related to the 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.