Global Standards

GHX supports industry adoption
and use of global data standards

We believe that the expanded use of global data standards enables greater visibility and collaboration in the healthcare supply chain. Increased standards adoption builds trust among stakeholders, deeper efficiencies and leads to better patient care and improved financial performance. At GHX, we facilitate the adoption of industry standards through our products and solutions. With a community that represents a critical mass in healthcare, we can advance the industry's adoption of standards commensurate with market specific requirements. We are working with standards setting bodies such as GS1 Global and GS1 Member Organisations to enable quicker industry adoption.

GS1 Standards

GS1 standards are commonly used in many industries around the world, including retail and manufacturing. They provide a common 'language' for doing business. In practice, this means that specific medical devices can be tracked and traced across the world as they move through the supply chain. In the healthcare sector, GS1 standards enable the realisation of health and economic benefits related to automatic product identification, traceability and data synchronisation.

Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)

The true value of data standardisation comes from using standards to help synchronise product information between trading partners and utilising more accurate data in business transactions.
To do so, the healthcare industry is increasingly leveraging the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Using a GDSN certified data pool, manufacturers publish product data to the GDSN, and hospitals and other authorised data subscribers can gain access to that data. It is a stamp of data quality if your data has been through a GDSN certified data pool.


Peppol is a European initiative enabling public bodies and private companies to exchange electronic business documents over a network. In a similar way as GS1 ensures many trading partners speak the same 'language', Peppol compliance ensures that any business can connect to any exchange service provider and trade with any other business.