What suppliers to NHS Trusts have to do
If you supply to NHS Acute Trusts, your contract has changed following the publication of the DH eProcurement strategy in 2014.
The strategy mandates that any service or product procured by an NHS Acute Trust must be compliant with GS1 standards. This means that you must become GS1-compliant, otherwise you will miss out on sales.
The interim Carter Review reinforced this by stating 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.
What are the benefits of GS1 standards to suppliers?
GS1 standards provide globally unique identification for your products. This hugely increases efficiency and transparency for suppliers to the NHS, resulting in:
- A single depository of your data for the NHS
- Reduced ship-to and bill-to enquiries
- Fewer invoice queries and order disputes
- Reduced transaction costs
- Quicker released payments
- Increased accuracy of vigilance reporting
- Reduced wastage costs
- Greater supply chain visibility
NHS Acute Trusts had to submit a board-approved plan for the adoption of GS1 standards for procurement by June 2015. NHS contracts will state that suppliers must ensure that the items they sell to Trusts are compliant with GS1 standards.
Join us today
To ensure you are compliant with GS1 standards you need to become a member of GS1 UK – membership is available from just £119 per year.
We also run regular webinars and training courses for healthcare suppliers. Register for one of these and we’ll keep you informed with updates and news.
If you want to discuss your specific requirements now then contact Chris Florey.
Already a member?
If you’re already a member then you should be receiving regular news and information from us. If you’re not then contact Chris Florey and we’ll sort it out.
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If you supply medical devices to the USA you must comply with the new US FDA UDI regulations.
Talk to your trade association
Further information is also available from your trade association. We’re working closely with them to ensure the healthcare industry is adopting and benefiting from GS1 standards.
We’re working closely with industry
Working with regulators
Standards are integral to effective regulation in healthcare. We work closely with the MHRA to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved in the regulation of medicines and medical devices – and especially for effective patient safety recalls.
Working with trade associations
We work together with trade associations to ensure the healthcare industry is adopting and benefiting from GS1 standards.
Still need more help?
Our healthcare team is responsible for ensuring we have the right approach and programmes in place
From free webinars, social and news – to training and consultancy – we can get you on the right track