The Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) provides a global standard by identifying any trade item upon which there is a need to retrieve predefined information and that may be priced, or ordered, or invoiced at any point in the supply chain.
The Healthcare GTIN Allocation Rules are designed to help industry make consistent decisions about how to manage the unique identification of trade items. These rules have been developed in accordance with the GS1 Global Standards Management Process (GSMP) and are considered a part of the GS1 system of standards. Overall costs are minimised while efficiencies and patient safety improve when all partners in the supply chain adhere to the Healthcare GTIN Allocation Rules.
The unique identification of trade items is critical to maintaining operational efficiencies that business partners rely on to exchange information about products in consistent ways, as well as ensuring the smooth operations of global supply chains.
Additionally, the unique identification of trade items is crucial when complying with various regulations across the globe. Finally, the communication of unique identification changes between trading partners is essential to ensure the right product is made available when needed.
Note: The term ‘product’ as used throughout the GS1 Healthcare Allocation Rules refers to the trade items to which GTINs are assigned.
Purpose and regulatory disclaimer
This document aims at providing a globally harmonised framework for the implementation of the GS1 standards in order to improve supply chain efficiency and ensure patient safety.
Important: The Healthcare GTIN Allocation Rules represents a minimum requirement. Please be advised that there may be regulation(s) in your market area that are more stringent and SHALL be adhered to. Refer to the Healthcare Public Policy Interactive Map for more information.