Healthcare is a complex and global industry sector.

The use of GS1 standards in healthcare assists in increasing patient safety, helps drives supply chain efficiencies, provides frameworks to improve the traceability of medicines and devices, and supports clinical process.

GS1 Australia works closely, both locally and globally, with the healthcare industry to develop and support the implementation of global standards and solutions, consistent with industry improvement.

While patient safety is paramount in healthcare, other drivers such as the ability to identify and authenticate pharmaceuticals and medical devices, track and trace products from manufacture to the point of care, improve efficiencies and enable 'value chain' improvement are also vitally important.

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These bulletins highlight some of the initiatives in the local and global healthcare community where GS1 standards have been implemented as part of improving healthcare:

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As a reflection of the ongoing collaboration and support of the healthcare industry and our members, GS1 Australia has been involved in development and ongoing hosting of several industry solutions. Where a service has been specifically implemented to support Healthcare it is provided by GS1 Australia with governance from the healthcare industry, via working groups led by the Australian Digital Health Agency.


National Product Catalogue (NPC)

The National Product Catalogue was implemented to assist the healthcare industry to support the need for standardised, supplier managed data across the whole of the healthcare value chain. It was initially designed to suit the needs of public health and private health institutions, wholesalers and distributors seeking to purchase medicines, medical devices, consumables and other necessary items for healthcare to run efficiently. The National Product Catalogue in healthcare enables the sharing of quality standard data required to link physical products to clinical practice as well as supporting quality processes & analytics within health. 

For more information contact us or visit the National Product Catalogue in Healthcare page.

For more on the whole of industry approach visit Australian Digital Health Agency



Locatenet was developed in partnership with the healthcare industry as a means for sharing accurate location information between organisations within healthcare. The Global Location Numbers (GLN) and other key location information it contains provides the foundation to ensure all parties (organisations) and places (physical locations) are able to be clearly identified across the whole of healthcare.  This enables traceability and underpins streamlined business processes such as implementation of eProcurement/EDI.

For more information contact us or visit the Locatenet page.

For more on the whole of industry approach visit Australian Digital Health Agency.


Recall Health

Recall management is a critical part of the healthcare industry that ensures the safety of all patients and consumers. Recall Health is an electronic product recall management solution that was developed in consultation with industry to support the electronic communication and management of healthcare product recalls. The system allows for recall or withdrawal notifications to be quickly and accurately issued by sponsors in accordance with TGA requirements for therapeutic goods and assists receiver organisations in managing their processes to action and report on their recalls.

For more information contact us or visit the Recall Health page.

For more on the whole of industry approach visit Australian Digital Health Agency.


eProcurement/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

To help automate processes within the hospital supply chain, the industry defined harmonised guidelines for trading via electronic messaging. With the initial leadership from the National eHealth Transition Authority and now from the Australian Digital Health Agency, GS1 XML has been endorsed by the industry as the document format for Australia's health eProcurement/EDI solution. In addition to the GS1 XML guidelines for transacting with hospitals, within Retail Pharmacy the GS1 standard of EANCOM (based in EDIFACT) is also utilised by many organisations. All standards use Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) as the primary identifier for products and Global Location Number (GLNS) for parties and places.

For more information contact us or download the toolkit

For more on the whole of industry approach and specific guidelines visit Australian Digital Health Agency

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