Pharmaceutical and GS1
GS1 standards enable the pharmaceutical industry to identify, capture and share information about products, packages and locations along the entire value chain. They are also widely used to track products and deliveries, which contributes to greater patient safety.
Consumers and patients need accurate and secure information about the products they use. And the challenge of the pharmaceutical industry is to make the supply chain as efficient, safe and sustainable as possible.
GS1 standards for identification have been used for many years and help identify prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, packages and much more. Pharmacies also use different types of barcodes to be able to read goods and deliveries labeled with a barcode or 2D code. In 2019, an EU regulation started to apply that regulates that all prescription drug packaging must be labeled with the 2D barcode GS1 DataMatrix.
Trade item information and images are shared in a seamless flow so that pharmacy chains can provide the very latest information to consumers regardless of sales channel.
Thanks to GS1 standards, pharmacies and their suppliers can increase traceability in their supply chain. Increased control and secure information minimizes the risk of inaccuracies and helps the industry, for example, detect counterfeit products.
Benefits for your business
Sustainability and traceability
Create efficient information flows with greater visibility through the value chain. GS1 standard contributes to better safety, sustainability and traceability.
Improve your supply chain, inventory management and shelf availability. When you have control over delivery, stock and distribution, you save time and costs.
Follow the changing demands of the industry and regulators. It provides greater security and higher consumer trust for both the retailer and the brand owner.
Standards in use
In your industry, it is common to use a combination of GS1 standards and services. They are used for identification, capturing, sharing and data quality assurance.
GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) for product identification and outer packaging.
SSCC (Serial Shipping Container Code) for pallets and cages.
RFID to simplify inventory and similar processes.
GLN (Global Location Number) for identifying places and parties.
GDSN is the world’s largest product data network for synchronized data.
Validoo is a database service for validating and sharing data and images.
Quality assurance is a service for manual control of data and images.
Database service for products and images
Use Sweden's largest database service for sharing high-quality trade item information and product images.
Toolbox for brand owners
Step-by-step guides with videos, checklists and other resources to get started with GS1 standards and services for the pharmaceutical industry.
Often used in your industry