GS1 Standards

GS1 standards - a common language for doing business

GS1 standards are used in many industries around the world, including retail and manufacturing. They are designed to ensure that trading partners use a common language when conducting business, allowing medical devices to be tracked worldwide as they move through the supply chain. In the healthcare sector, GS1 standards support better patient safety and bring economic benefits, through automatic product identification, traceability and data sychronisation. Find out more about the use of GS1 standards in healthcare on the GS1 website

NHS eProcurement Strategy and GS1

The National Health Service (NHS) eProcurement Strategy, published in May 2014, mandated the use of GS1 and Peppol standards as part of the terms and conditions for doing business with the NHS. For NHS trusts and their suppliers this means driving the implementation of GS1 standards throughout their supply chain.

As a leading provider of supply chain technology to the healthcare industry, GHX is working with GS1 UK to make this journey as straightforward as possible.

Read the full NHS eProcurement Strategy.

A GS1 accredited solution provider

As an accredited GS1 Solution Provider, we understand the requirements of GS1 standards and work to incorporate them across our solutions, for example, through our efforts to drive adoption of the GS1 XML CIN file format and by publishing product data to Health ConneXion, our GDSN-certified healthcare data pool.

The GHX NEXUS catalogue and contract management solution includes fields for the most common GS1 standard codes, such as Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) and Global Location Numbers (GLNs). Our inventory management and requisitioning platform, GHX Procure, can also read standard GS1 barcodes and is GS1 certified.

How we can help with GS1 compliance

Our global standards experts can provide support to help you with:

  • Aligning GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) in the GHX Exchange and sharing the required information with your trading partners.
  • Reconciling account numbers to your trading partners' GLNs for consistent shipping and billing.
  • Advice and guidance on how to implement and benefit from GS1 standards in your organisation, including GTINs, GLNs and GSRNs.

More information

Contact us to learn more about global data standards, their impact on healthcare and how we can help you implement them.

Solutions for healthcare providers

Exchange Services


Automate your purchase-to-pay cycle and optimise your supply chain, with our electronic trading platform. Transmit and track Peppol-compliant electronic business documents, giving you more accurate data and helping your orders and invoices to go through seamlessly.

GHX Procure Requisition Manager

Approve purchases and submit orders in one easy workflow, saving time and helping you achieve greater control over your supply spend. GHX Procure Requisition Manager integrates easily with Exchange or your ERP system, allowing you to send orders direct to your suppliers.

GHX Procure Inventory Manager

Get greater visibility of your stock to help reduce over ordering, prevent wastage, improve patient safety, and save on costs and clinical staff time. Manage and track items using barcodes and scanner technology, and automate orders based on stock levels and expiry dates.

Solutions for healthcare suppliers

Exchange Services

Join the biggest healthcare trading platform in the world and trade electronically with all your current and potential customers. Make your supply chain effective by automating orders, advanced shipping notices, invoices and other business documents.



Manage your catalogue data efficiently in one place with our cloud-based catalogue management solution. Upload your catalogue data and then publish it fast in a compliant format to your current and potential customers who are connected to GHX.


GHX eInvoicing

Designed to help healthcare suppliers meet European e-invoicing regulations. Issue and send compliant invoices to customers across Europe from one single connection. It also provides a portal for non-EDI customers to access invoices electronically.