Healthcare / Pharmacy Bulletin

May 25, 2017 Version française

Dear Valued Subscriber:

GS1 Canada’s Boards and Working Committees continue to work diligently to respond to the needs of Canada’s healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Together, with their collaboration and support, we are excited to share progress being made about the ongoing adoption of GS1 standards.

GS1 Canada is proud to unveil our new Healthcare home page

GS1 Canada’s Healthcare website recently underwent a content upgrade and now provides even more of the resources you need to understand and implement global standards for your organization. Learn how implementing global standards help achieve your organizational objectives, while keeping patient safety a top priority.

On our webpage you will have access 24/7 access to:

Standards implementation and guidance
Global case studies showcasing standards success in healthcare
Academic research on global standards impact within healthcare
Videos to see how GS1 standards work
Helpful webinars and modules
Advice on how you can get involved

New materials highlight the value of global standard to Healthcare

GS1 Canada also recently created two excellent resources that demonstrate the impact global standards have in healthcare:


Healthcare Sector Supply Chain Strategy recommends global standards adoption in healthcare

Ontario’s Healthcare Sector Supply Chain Strategy (HSSCS) recently released a report recommending the need for global standards in healthcare. The recommendations made come from a panel that engaged key healthcare and supply chain stakeholders to leverage their knowledge and experience with current conditions within the healthcare sector.

The HSSCS is part of a larger provincial initiative between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services aimed at improving the delivery of supply chain management across the Ontario healthcare sector.


Don’t Forget - Publish your foodservice and pharmaceutical product catalogue to SSW

Shared Services West (SSW) is adopting and implementing GS1 global standards, as well as automating data loading to its systems using GS1 Canada’s ECCnet registry for foodservice and pharmaceutical products.

If you are trading with Shared Services West, you need to publish your ECCnet Registry catalogue to them as soon as possible. This data will support business process optimization and improve data quality for SSW supply chain activities. Click for more information about how to publish your data to SSW.


GS1 Canada webinar: Upcoming webinar on permanent GTIN and the difference in healthcare
June 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. EST – 1:30 p.m. EST

Did you know that barcode numbers for healthcare products can never be re-assigned? Find out more about permanent GTINs and their role in maintaining supply chain transparency and enabling patient safety by understanding how they work.

Register now!

Upcoming Events

Canadian Pharmacist Conference
June 2-5, 2017
Quebec City, Canada

Connect with more than 700 of your pharmacy peers. Discover the latest in pharmacy practice research, new products and services. The Canadian Pharmacist Conference is jointly presented by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC).

Register now!

e-Health Conference 2017
June 4 – 7, 2017
Toronto, Canada

This year, the e-Health Conference is focused on celebrating, growing and being inspired by the past, current and future state of Canada’s digital health community.  From coast to coast, it showcases the many successful products, success stories and leaders in our nation’s digital health journey.

Learn more.

National Health Leadership Conference
June 12 – 13, 2017
Vancouver, Canada

The NHLC aims to explore the challenges and opportunities facing today’s health leadership in Canada, and strives to provide an environment that will cultivate movement from knowledge to action.

Visit the NHLC website for more information.

June 14 – 16, 2017
La Malbaie, Canada

The AQLASS (L’Association Québécoise de la Logistique et de l’Approvisionnement du Secteur de la Santé) Conference provides the opportunity for the healthcare supply chain community in Quebec to come together and discuss current issues and leading practice innovation within the industry while networking with colleagues across the country and connection with your suppliers at this conference.

Get more information.

It’s Coming – Patient Safety Week! Stay tuned for updates on The National Conversation.

Healthcare News from Around the World

Keep up-to-date with worldwide healthcare trends through the global GS1 Healthcare Newsletter.

GS1 Canada