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The eProcurement strategy: GS1 and PEPPOL standards in healthcare

Delivering better patient care through efficiency and transparency in NHS procurement

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In 2014, the Department of Health’s eProcurement strategy (PDF) mandated that any service or product procured by an NHS Acute Trust in England must be compliant with GS1 standards. The deadline for compliance is 2019/20 – 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.

Medical device suppliers and manufacturers – do you comply with UDI?

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.