Healthcare resources

Helpful guides to support your journey as you implement GS1 standards.

Here you will find information on how to adopt GS1 standards across the three core enablers (people, products and places), how to apply these to specific use cases such as surgical instrument traceability, and details on supporting regulatory requirements.

Take a look at our detailed guidelines for expert advice to support you along the way.

Starting with the core enablers


Patient identification

"How-to" guide for using GS1 standards for patient ID.


Staff identification

"How-to" guide for using GS1 standards for staff ID.


Product identification

"How-to" guide for using GS1 standards for product ID.


Place management

"How-to" guide for using GS1 standards for place management.

Getting the use cases right

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Surgical instrument traceability high-level guide

High-level guide to standards required by systems with surgical-instrument tracking functionality.

Surgical instrument tray

Surgical instrument traceability guidance

A guide to using GS1 standards to improve traceability and increase the reliability of data for managing surgical instruments.

Surgical instruments

Technologies for marking surgical instruments

A guide to the various AIDC technologies that can be used to identify individual surgical instruments.

Product scanning for inventory management

Inventory management systems guidance

Guidance for healthcare organisations and suppliers for inventory management systems and GS1 standards.

Asset moving around hospital

Asset management guidance

A user guide on how to implement asset management processes using GS1 standards.

Standards and implementation

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Compliance specification for NHS systems

A guide for hospitals and solution providers on procuring and providing GS1-compliant solutions.

GTIN allocation

Healthcare GTIN allocation rules

Guidance provided on how to correctly allocate GTINs to products and devices.

LocationManager ward

GLN allocation rules standard

Best practice guidance for allocating GLNs for location management.

GS1 DataMatrix

GS1 DataMatrix Guideline

Overview and technical introduction to the use of GS1 DataMatrix.

Supplier adoption how to guide

Supplier adoption "how-to" guide

A best practice guide for healthcare providers when engaging with suppliers.

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Barcoding OPCS-4 and ICD-10 Codes GS1 UK Implementation Guidelines

Aligning GS1 standards with coding schemes for procedures and diagnostics.

AIDC implementation

AIDC healthcare implementation guideline

Comprehensive guidance on how to implement AIDC in healthcare.

Patient ID standards

DCB1077 for patient wristbands

How to use GS1 standards for AIDC for patient identification.

DAPB0108 standard for AIDC

DAPB0108 for AIDC

Requirements for GS1 standards compliance for the NHS Digital standard DAPB0108.


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Field Safety Corrective Actions

Recommendations on medical device and IVD FSCAs and recalls using UDI and GS1 standards.

UDI-medical devices

Unique Device Identification (UDI)

How to use GS1 standards to comply with international UDI regulations.

Medication scan

Pharmaceutical regulation for patient safety

Using GS1 standards for pharmaceutical serialisation.

Scan4Safety, case studies and global reference books

Scan4Safety staff ID scan

The Scan4Safety Report

Full report from the two-year Scan4Safety programme and beyond.

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GS1 UK healthcare case study portal

Explore healthcare case studies from GS1 UK members, partners, and suppliers, from across the UK.

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GS1 global healthcare reference book 2021-22

Read our 2021-22 healthcare case studies from around the world.

GS1 hospital inventory management

GS1 global healthcare reference book 2020-21

Explore our 2020-21 array of international healthcare case studies.

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