GS1 is an international non-profit organization. Until 2004 it was known as European Article Numbering-Uniform Code Council.
GS1 standard barcoding is increasingly used in health systems around the world. It was mandated in the 2014 NHS e-Procurement Strategy and is being pioneered in 2016 in six demonstrator sites: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. A GS1 UK healthcare advisory board has been established. Not only equipment and supplies but also staff and patients are barcoded.
- "How the NHS is finally unlocking the power of barcoding". Health Service Journal. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
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