The importance of product identification to meet regulatory requirements.
Product traceability is an essential part of securing the healthcare supply chain and improving patient safety. Accurate and unique product identification, enables supplies to be tracked from the point of manufacture on the supply chain side, directly to the point of care or use at the patient side.
It is this level of visibility that provides the foundations for better and safer care. However, this is only possible if barcodes are clear and scannable, and that the product data encoded within is correct and unique.
Who is this series for?
The "Barcoding success" webinar series is open to all manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and suppliers that provide healthcare products used by provider organisations operating in the UK.
This includes, but is not exclusive to, those operating in pharmaceutical and medical device organisations with the following responsibilities:
- Packaging and label design
- Regulatory compliance
- Quality assurance
- Supply chain
Each session is tailored to equip you, and your organisation, with the knowledge and tools to accurately identify your products from the outset. This will help you to better support your customers and clients as they implement their point of care scanning programmes.
What you will learn
Getting started in healthcare
Your introduction into our basic principles – our GS1 Identification Keys and how they work.
Location, Location, Location
Explore why effective place management is so valuable and where GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) fit in.
Managing GLNs with LocationManager
We introduce you to the UK's national GLN registry. Learn about LocationManager and how best to use it.
Basic UDI-DI and EU MDR
How to use the basic principles of GS1 standards for Basic UDI-DI to comply with EU Medical Device Regulation.
Getting product identification right
A "how to" guide for identifying your healthcare products correctly. Learn what identifiers to use and when.
Choosing the correct GTIN to use
Learn which GTINs are best for your products as we tackle the debate between GTIN-13s and GTIN 14s.
When do you need to change your GTINs?
You've used a GTIN for your product but have made product changes. We take you through how and when to change your GTIN.
Barcoding additional data
Learn how to encode essential data such as batch, date, and serial numbers (Production Identifiers) in your barcodes.
Know your barcodes
With so many types to choose from we take you through top tips on how to choose the right barcode for your needs.
Barcoding best practice
Make sure your barcodes are fit for purpose and ready to use. Learn what makes a high-quality barcode.
How the series works
Split into three short series, "Barcoding success" highlights:
- Series one: The core principles
An introduction to GS1 standards, how and where to use them, and how they apply to healthcare regulatory requirements.
- Series two: Identifying your products
A practical look at how to create product identifiers (Global Trade Item Numbers - GTINs), key tips on when to change them, and how to encode production information correctly.
- Series three: Barcoding best practice
Building expert knowledge of which barcodes to use, and how to maximise quality to ensure they can be scanned at the point of care or use.
All the session recordings are accessible on our website via the link below.