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GS1 UK Healthcare

GS1 standards are helping the NHS save thousands of lives and millions of pounds

We work with healthcare providers and suppliers to improve patient safety, enhance clinical effectiveness and drive operational efficiencies

The NHS needs transformational change. Both the interim and final Carter Review reinforced this and called for the NHS to undergo a cultural shift to bring about major efficiencies, or risk further losses.

The interim review states that the introduction of GS1 standards will allow every NHS hospital in England to save an average of £3million each year, while improving patient care. In a time where the NHS is under increasing pressure to do more for less, savings like this will be crucial.

What can be achieved by something as prosaic as barcoding standards in terms of standardisation, in terms of patient safety, in terms of getting really deep and accurate costing around clinical practice, can be a hugely important part of the future of the NHS”

Lord Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for NHS Productivity

The Department of Health’s eProcurement strategy mandates the use of GS1 standards in every NHS Acute Trust in England - to increase efficiencies and significantly improve the quality and safety of care.

Find the right information for you



Key information for Acute Trusts in England

For suppliers


Everything suppliers need to do to comply

Solution providers

Solution providers

GS1 compliance explained for solution providers

Case studies

Case studies

Success stories from Trusts and suppliers across the UK

Recent legislation

Recent legislation and useful documents

All you need to know about the latest news and legislation

Healthcare User Group

Healthcare User Group

Supporting the adoption of GS1 standards throughout healthcare

Healthcare Conference photos

Relive the GS1 UK Healthcare Conference

Browse through the photos, download the presentations and watch the videos from the main stage sessions

Acronym Decoder


The most commonly used acronyms in GS1 Healthcare



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