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The eProcurement strategy: GS1 and PEPPOL standards in healthcare

Delivering better patient care through efficiency and transparency in NHS procurement


The Department of Health (DH) published its eProcurement strategy (PDF) in 2014. It set out a range of measures to enable transparency and efficiency in NHS procurement to help support patient safety.

The strategy includes a mandate that means any service or product procured by an NHS Acute Trust in England must be compliant with GS1 standards.

Compliance with these standards will enable Trusts to manage their non-pay spending through the adoption of master procurement data, automating the exchange of procurement data, and benchmarking procurement expenditure against other Trusts and healthcare providers.

What are GS1 standards?

GS1 standards provide globally unique identification of every product, person and place within the NHS. As part of the eProcurement strategy GS1 standards are used for three core enablers that will drive operational efficiencies, improved patient safety and regulatory compliance:

  • Catalogue management
  • Patient identification
  • Location numbering

These three core enablers will underpin the three primary use cases identified by the DH

  • Purchase-to-pay
  • Inventory management
  • Patient safety recall

How can we help?

The eProcurement strategy affects NHS Trusts, their suppliers and solution providers. We are here to help everyone implement and benefit from GS1 standards.

We have programmes in place to help:

Or contact us for more information on how we can help.


What NHS Trusts have to do

Your adoption plan – done. Now, do you have everything you need to implement GS1 standards?

Healthcare Trust Suppliers

What suppliers to NHS Trusts have to do

Every supplier of every product and service into the NHS must comply with GS1 standards

Healthcare Solution Providers

What solution providers have to do

Do you understand what GS1 standards mean to your systems and services?

How we can help

From free webinars, social and news – to training and consultancy – we can get you on the right track