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GS1 standards for NHS Acute Trusts

In 2014, the Department of Health mandated that all NHS Trusts in England must adopt GS1 standards and all their suppliers must become GS1 compliant. The deadline for compliance is 2019/20.

The announcement of the six Scan4Safety demonstrator sites by the Department of Health in January 2016 showed its commitment to making this happen. Each site is receiving a share of £12m funding with the aim of demonstrating the benefits, as well as challenges, they encounter from implementing GS1 standards. But it’s not just the six demonstrator sites, all Acute Trusts in England are working towards GS1 compliance with a deadline of 2019/20.

What does this mean in practice for the Trusts? In the eProcurement strategy, GS1 standards provide the foundation for three core enablers that will improve patient safety, ensure greater clinical effectiveness and drive operational efficiencies. These will link people, products and places in the healthcare system and will work across three primary use cases endorsed by the Department of Health.

Where to start? 

Take a look at the core enablers and the use cases for details on how our standards can work in Trusts.


The eProcurement strategy

What does this mean for Trusts


Scan4Safety programme

About the programme

Patient Identification

Three core enablers

Using GS1 standards for catalogue management, patient identification and location numbering

GS1 Success Stories Portsmouth

Use cases

Applications of GS1 standards across a Trust that will deliver real safety, compliance and efficiency savings

What trusts need to know

What Trusts need to know

Resources to help Trusts wanting to implement GS1 standards

How we can help?

Our partners

GS1 UK Partners

Find an accredited GS1 UK solution provider to help you with your GS1 implementation



We have a range of services available, including training on GS1 standards and how they are used in the NHS

David Lawson

Case studies

Success stories from Trusts and suppliers across the UK

GS1 LocationManager


A single source of truth – an easy, cost-effective and time-saving way to manage and access location information

Acronym Decoder


The most commonly used acronyms in GS1 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

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Any questions

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