Community Management and Work Groups

GS1 Canada has a unique community management role that allows collaboration and partnership with industry in a variety of work groups, technical groups, task groups and focus groups (Work Groups).

The work groups are made up of subject matter experts from businesses of all sizes operating in Canada. They provide a collaborative forum and ensure GS1 Canada is developing standards, guidelines and non-proprietary business solutions that meet the requirements of the Canadian industry. 3 main focuses are:

  • Development and publishing of implementation guidelines and best practices using global standards for local data synchronization and direct electronic communication;
  • Discussions on community submissions and/or Board directives regarding shared technical and business issues and to solve issues through the use of global standards; and
  • Identify requirements for non-competitive issues by offering non-proprietary Industry Managed Solutions (IMS)

Each Work Group defines its scope and objectives through a Mandate and/or Call to Action.

For all questions, including registration, please contact community.group@gs1ca.org.

Active Work Group list is provided below:

Mission: To develop and maintain a leading practice for the proper usage of data synchronization attributes and to publish in respective Implementation Guidelines (IG) for industry use and reference.

Scope: The work group commitment is to continue the development of standardized business requirements within the following categories: grocery, dairy, frozen, fresh foods, hardlines, general merchandise, seafood, poultry, chemical, beverages, alcohol, health and beauty, pharmaceutical, publishing, tobacco, garden and office supply.

This is achieved by:

  • Collecting, defining and evaluating business and technical needs specific to the Canadian supply chain
  • Determine if and how current and/or emerging regulations impact data-capturing requirements

These leading practices are for national requirements, ensuring alignment with North American and global standards, where applicable.


Mission: This Work Group will facilitate the development of common, non-competitive, business process priorities, enable end-to-end traceability between trading partners, and create a national strategy for the development and maintenance of a safe and effective cannabis supply chain. The intent of a Pan-Canadian strategy is to facilitate efficiencies and interoperability between trading partners, meet government regulations and protect the Canadian public.

GS1 Canada has been listening carefully to the needs of the cannabis community. There is awareness of the various pressures that are being applied to the different players within the supply chain. Based on this insight the Work Group will focus on the following five business drivers to work towards Pan-Canadian strategy. Work Group participants will be asked to prioritize these 5 as well as provide any additional topics they deem relevant for the Work Group.

  1. Barcoding - To have common barcoding best practices for enabling organizations to automatically identify and track products as they move through the supply chain.
  2. Attribution - To define a set of attributes for cannabis that are consistent across the industry. This will enable seamless loading, storing, sharing and accessing of product data to support various business processes, such as product listing, eCommerce, order to cash, etc.
  3. Cannabis Edibles Nutrition Facts Table and Product Certification - To provide consistency in how information is gathered and defined for NFT certification. Ensure highest level of Data Quality certified by Brand Owners.
  4. Location Identification - To provide a consistent way to communicate the ship to and bill to locations.

Scope: This group will aim to secure community alignment on global supply chain standards for cannabis products distributed and sold in Canada. This will be achieved through:

  • Collecting, defining and evaluating business needs specific to the Canadian cannabis supply chain.
  • Determining the potential impact of current and/or emerging regulations on data capturing requirements.
  • Achieving consensus and alignment of business process requirements across the cannabis community.

Mission: A discovery phase for extended content for eCommerce to expand and understand beyond on-pack data and imaging eCommerce requirements required in both today’s and in future environments, aligning industry on the required content to flow through GS1 Canada. This Work Group will focus on discussing and reviewing the needs and capture requirements of the eCommerce business processes involving greater implementation and requirements within Canadian industry; including an assessment of current requirements based on the GS1 Canada Board of Governors mandate.

Scope: To gain a solid understanding of the current environment, challenges, opportunities from industry participants in the eCommerce digital space; as we continue to build the value proposition for all industry partners.


Mission: Reporting to GS1 Canada’s Carenet Healthcare Board, the GS1 Canada Healthcare Provider Deployment Committee (Committee) is representative of senior-level healthcare administrators (hospitals, shared services organizations (SSOs) and group purchasing organizations (GPOs)). The Committee is an action-oriented collaboration to share standards based leading practices and drive positive change across the healthcare value chain, including procurement, inventory management, patient care, product recall and analytics.

Scope:

  • Support the National Movement that brings together stakeholders across the healthcare sector to actively advance the tracking and tracing of products from manufacturer to patient health outcomes to reduce medical error, and create a safer system for Canadians.
  • Participate in peer-to-peer sharing aimed at supporting knowledge transfer, issue identification and resolution, and deployment experiences/recommendations.
  • Finalize and advance an implementation roadmap for the integration of GS1 standards and data integrity/synchronization protocols (ECCnet Registry and GDSN) in the healthcare sector and respective funding model.
  • Establish cross reference strategies that takes into account the various standards and data elements required to link supply chain, to patient care, through to EMR traceability and analytics.
  • Identify and recruit healthcare providers with active or pending back-end system capabilities, with the goal to engage these organizations in standards based data synchronization implementation.
  • Identify and provide advice to the healthcare community / GS1 Canada on management of implementation issues, support needs and barriers to achieving critical mass adoption.
  • Develop and administer a scorecard to monitor adoption levels, and respond to barriers preventing the vision of critical mass adoption.
  • Direct standards development needs and provide tools to advance initial use cases.
  • Forum to provide input to a Canadian Unique Device Identification (UDI) strategy leveraging GS1 global standards and data synchronization protocols.

Mission: To create a forum for the Canadian healthcare medical device community to discuss implementation needs and to further develop and maintain the Canadian healthcare medical device technical implementation guidelines. This is to enable capturing national requirements and ensuring continued alignment with North American and global standards.

Scope: The work group operates within the following context:

  • Collect, define and evaluate clinical, business and technical needs specific to the Canadian healthcare medical device sector as requested by the Carenet Healthcare Sector Board and/or the Deployment Committee
  • Determine how current and/or emerging healthcare regulations impact medical device data standards requirements and implementation needs.
  • Examine current healthcare Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and GS1 standards implementation requirements to determine possible use of these standards as the basis to enhance clinical or business processes.
  • Ensure alignment of healthcare business process/use case needs to respective medical device standards
  • Create a forum to discuss implementation questions with healthcare community and to address these questions collectively to support development of roadmaps with timelines, adoption of industry protocols, guidelines and implementation tools

Mission: The Image Work Group (Work Group) will provide industry feedback relating to capturing and sharing of product images which support print advertising, online digital/eCommerce, and shelf space management. The role of Work Group participants is to provide input on both existing business needs and future developments. All participants feedback will be gathered and reviewed by the Work Group to determine next steps.

The Work Group will continue to focus on identifying potential business process improvements, global alignment and identifying new and future requirements to support mobile images, lifestyle images, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

Scope: To gain a solid understanding of industry image requirements. For example, but not limited to the following:

  • Mobile / high resolution images
  • Additional image types / views (sides, back, perception etc.)
  • Ensure requirements are in alignment with Global Standards

Mission: To review industry’s business requirements impacted by nutrition regulations for incorporation into GS1 Canada’s tools - ECCnet Registry and ECCnet Item Certification.

Scope: The group’s commitment is to the develop standardized business requirements for all food products within the Grocery Retail and Foodservice industries.

This is achieved by:

  • Collecting, defining and evaluating business needs specific to Canadian Supply Chain impacted by nutrition regulations
  • Identify emerging regulations and potential impacts to sector and suite of GS1 Canada’s tools and services

Mission: To establish and incorporate into ECCnet Registry and ECCnet Item Certification nutritional business requirements for data synchronization and to provide publication in respective Implementation Guideline (IG) for industry use and reference.

Scope: To continue the development of standardized business requirements for nutrition within the Grocery and Foodservice sectors through:

  • Collecting, defining and evaluating both business and technical needs specific to the Canadian supply chain
  • Determine if and how current and/or emerging regulations impact data-capturing requirements
  • Developing and maintaining community roadmap phases and timelines

Mission: To develop and maintain pharmaceutical image standards, leading practices and implementation guidelines for pharmaceutical product data and image synchronization requirements while ensuring continued alignment with North American and global standards.

Scope: The Task Group will operate within the following context:

  • Define unique standardized image requirements for Canadian pharmaceuticals for all levels of packaging, including the Application Unit (i.e. images of a pill) and identify when a product image is required.
  • Understand current and future pharmaceutical image business processes that would require access to accurate/standardized product images (i.e. validate prescriptions at the pharmacy or bedside).
  • Monitor and evaluate how emerging/current standards and pharmacy regulations may have an impact on the need for standardized pharmacy images in Canada.
  • Explore initial database population opportunities (within distributor facilities and/or at the healthcare provider level).
  • Identify responsibilities regarding pharmaceutical image accuracy, validity and security.
  • Determine system and technical functionalities required for implementation (i.e. search capabilities).

Mission and Scope: An action-oriented collaboration group working to enhance patient safety and system-wide efficiencies in pharmacy through standards-based leading practices and peer to peer sharing for the pharmacy community. By driving positive change across the country to accurately identify medications at each stage of the pharmacy supply chain (from the manufacturer to the patient record) through automation and global standards adoption.

Objective:

  • Support the National Movement for global harmonization of standards that brings together stakeholders across the pharmacy sector to actively advance the tracking and tracing of products to patient health outcomes and a safer health care system for Canadians.
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer sharing aimed at supporting knowledge transfer, issue resolution, and pharmacy deployment committee recommendations.
  • Advance an implementation roadmap for the integration of GS1 standards, co-operating standards and data integrity/synchronization protocols in the pharmacy sector.
  • Establish cross reference strategies that take in account various standards and data elements required to link supply chain to patient care for traceability and analytics.
  • Recruit pharmacy stakeholders with active or pending back-end system capabilities, with the goal to engage these organizations in standards-based workflow and data synchronization implementation.
  • Identify and provide advice to the pharmacy sector / GS1 Canada on management of implementation opportunities and barriers in achieving critical mass adoption of standards.
  • Reconcile standards development needs and provide tools to advance implementation efforts.
  • Forum to provide a strategy leveraging industry managed solutions’ protocols in the pharmacy sector.
  • Advance a community-based quality assurance process to report malfunctioning or missing barcodes and data integrity issues to manufacturers.
  • Support an industry adoption protocol for medication barcoding and labelling requirements in alignment with regulators around the globe.

Mission: To develop and maintain pharmacy-specific standards implementation requirements, to enable the Canadian pharmacy sector commitment to achieve 100% data integrity and category completion and to develop and maintain Canadian pharmaceutical implementation guidelines for clinical and supply chain use cases as identified by the Healthcare Pharmacy Board and pharmacy community.

Scope: The work group operates within the following context:

  • Collect, define and evaluate pharmaceutical standards requirements specific to the clinical and business use cases of the Canadian pharmacy sector.
  • Identify and implement methods/tools to increase the adoption of the global standards and GS1 Canada solutions to achieve 100% category completion and data integrity to enable end to end pharmaceutical traceability and to enhance patient safety.
  • Monitor and evaluate relevant government regulations and emerging pharmaceutical standards, assess and identify their impact to the Canadian pharmacy sector and support the implementation of standard based modifications
  • Develop and maintain Pharmaceutical implementation guidelines based on the clinical and supply chain use cases identified by the Healthcare Pharmacy Board and pharmacy community.

Mission: Governed by GS1 Canada’s various Industry Boards, objectives consist of the following:

  • Assist in identifying and addressing all technical issues related to supply chain technical and business requirements necessary to develop
  • Maintain Canadian technical implementation guidelines to ensure continued alignment with North American and global standards. This relates to Electronic Data Interchange and GS1 barcode standards.

Scope: The work group operates within the following context:

  • Support and maintain existing Canadian standards and implementation guidelines (e.g. Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) EDI
  • Review and evaluate GS1 Canada change requests that impact technical and business requirements
  • Develop and maintain implementation guidelines for emerging standards
  • Prepare appropriate change request content for submission to the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP), GS1 US X12 Requirements Group (XRG) and ANSI X12 Standards Organization.
  • Promote the benefits of adopting and aligning with Canadian. North American and global standards
  • Monitor and evaluate relevant emerging/current standards to determine their impact on the Canadian supply chain