As GS1 labelling deadlines go live, top performers are recognized by GHSC-PSM

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August 12, 2020
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The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project is leveraging GS1 standards for product identification, data capture and master data synchronization. These standards enable identification, data capture and real-time data sharing among global trading partners, which facilitates product data exchange between companies and consumers, driving business and efficiencies for all partners in the network, all around the world. USAID, Global Fund, UNFPA, UNDP, and Stop TB have committed to leveraging the GDSN to streamline submission and management of master data, which presents a significant opportunity to increase access to quality data across the global health community, including in countries we support.

June 30, 2020 marked GHSC-PSM’s Phase 3 “go live” date, which requires pharmaceutical and medical device suppliers to apply a GS1 Data Matrix to the secondary packaging encoded with the GTIN, Batch/Lot and Expiration date. June 30th also marked the Phase 1 “go live” date for long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) suppliers, which consisted of allocating GTINs and GLNs to their SKUs.

In recognition of this, and to drive adoption of these standards globally, we are emulating good practices from other GDSN implementers such as Australia Health Purchasing Victoria by highlighting our top performing suppliers on our website:

Recognizing the effort and investment in standardization required by suppliers to meet our new global standards requirements, including GDSN, we are excited to launch this platform to share our progress, recognize suppliers who have successfully adopted these standards, and encourage all trading partners to follow in their footsteps. This page will be updated on a quarterly basis.