GS1 UK is one of 116 independent GS1 standards organisations operating worldwide. Our standards help organisations to uniquely identify, describe, and track anything –  creating greater trust in data for everyone.

From product barcodes to patient wristbands, we harness the power of GS1 standards to transform the way people work and live.

In healthcare, GS1 standards are used for the unique identification of every person, every product, and every place. This enables products and medical devices to be traced throughout the supply chain and patient pathway from the point of manufacture and directly to the patient.

Data is captured in real time and in a standardised format so that it is accurate, consistent, and interoperable. It is this accuracy and standardisation of data that serves to improve patient safety, reduce unwarranted clinical variation, and drive operational efficiencies across industry.

To learn more about how GS1 standards work in practice, download the Scan4Safety evidence report at: You can also find out more on our website at:

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