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Improving patient safety with GS1 standards

The use of our standards across global healthcare supply chains can help reduce medication errors and save lives.

"Implementing global standards across the entire healthcare supply chain could save 22-43,000 lives and avert 0.7 to 1.4 million patient disabilities on an annual basis.”
McKinsey report, 2012

How our standards save lives

Using our standards in healthcare helps supports the five patient rights - right patient, right drug or device, right time, right dose, right route:

  • Enables verification of the patient's identity
  • Enables product verification ensuring that the right patient receives the right medication 
  • Supports efficient product recalls by linking the medical product to the patient

Barcoding at the point of care

Watch the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists video (8:47)