Following its inception, the ISG developed a roadmap and timeline for the adoption of GS1 standards in the labelling of all health commodities and products. Our role now centres on encouraging countries and organisations to adopt global standards, like GS1, and providing technical assistance to implement product traceability systems.
Adopting data standards to identify products and capture data in medicine supply chains improves not only traceability, but also the quality and usability of data from medicine supply chains. Global standards for product identification and for the capture and exchange of supply chain data are key enablers of global and in-country visibility and analytics networks.
The benefits of implementing a global standards system, like GS1, are far reaching and touch all areas of the health care system:
The ISG has committed to the process of transitioning to include established, global data standards as part of their procurement requirements and support country uptake of these standards.
Countries where the implementation of GS1 standards is receiving support from ISG partners:
The ISG partners are committed to working with all stakeholders to support these recommendations:
Please contact us for any collaboration or knowledge sharing opportunities.
We would particularly like to hear from government entities, academic institutions, implementing partners and community organisations looking to collaborate with donors.