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GS1 UK Compliance Specification for NHS systems

The GS1 UK Compliance Specification document serves as a requirements guide for both suppliers and trusts which details the key GS1 determinants required by products supplied into, and procured by, the NHS to signify GS1 compliance.

Why is this important?

Ian Townend, lead architect, NHSX and chair of the GS1 UK Healthcare User Group (HUG) explains: "As chair of the GS1 UK HUG, a group of senior managers from across all relevant healthcare stakeholders, I am delighted to be able to share the GS1 UK Compliance Specification document with you.

"NHSX announced the Health System Support Framework (HSSF) award for Lot 1 in 2019 and it became clear that clarity was needed as to what constitutes GS1 compliance. The HUG has therefore created a compliance specification for the NHS trusts to use that provides the GS1 Standards minimum requirements for procuring a system and also insight to the standards capabilities required by solution providers."

These standards greatly support the required interoperability to deliver the traceability highlighted in the recent Cumberlege report and the forthcoming Medicines and Medical devices Bill.”

Ian Townend, lead architect, NHSX

Designed for suppliers and trusts alike, find out more about how the GS1 UK Compliance Specification can support your organisation.

Following the HSSF Lot 1, this GS1 UK Compliance Specification serves to provide clarity on the GS1 standards requirements for systems supplied into the NHS.


  • Ensure systems are able to meet NHS tender specifications
  • Eliminate the need for individual trust system customisation

To find out more about whether your product meets requirements for GS1 standards, enquire about getting your system GS1 UK approved. Contact us at

The GS1 UK Compliance Specification will provide details required to add to any system or product specifications when procuring systems.


  • Enable data driven care using GS1-compliant products
  • Ensure GS1 standards are used to enable end-to-end traceability within clinical settings
  • Provide the means to deliver interoperability