GS1 Foundations for Healthcare Online Certificate Course

If any part of your work involves creating, analyzing, or using product data in any way, you’re most likely interacting with GS1 Standards. The GS1 Foundations for Healthcare Online Certificate Course will help you learn the foundational aspects of product and location  identification and barcoding with GS1 Standards—specifically as they relate to:

  • How to use your company's GS1 Company Prefix to create GS1 identifiers for healthcare products and locations
  • GTIN® (Global Trade Item Number®) and barcode usage for healthcare
  • Track and trace processes

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Who Should Sign Up

Healthcare professionals who manage the product life cycle from creation through distribution and merchandising, including product management, supply chain operations, logistics, category management, and shopper marketing.


Equipped with the knowledge of GS1 Foundations for Healthcare, you can:
  • Lower product returns and rejections resulting from inaccurate product data
  • Reduce scanning errors for linear and 2D barcodes that could result in unusable product
  • Correctly apply GTINs to packaging levels for pharmaceutical and med device products
  • Enable effective track and trace processes 

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Course Outline

The GS1 Foundations for Healthcare Online Certificate Course includes the following on-demand learning modules:

  • Overview of GS1 Standards
  • How to Use Your GS1 Company Prefix (NDC)
  • How to Use Your GS1 Company Prefix (EAN/UPC)
  • How to Create and Manage Your Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs)
  • GTIN Management Standard
  • How to Barcode Your Products
  • Introduction to the Global Location Number (GLN)
  • Introduction to the Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®)
  • Introduction to Inventory Visibility and Track & Trace using EPCIS
  • GS1 Package Measurement Rules

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Earn a Badge - Your GS1 Standards Credential

When you successfully complete a GS1 US Certificate Course, you can earn an important credential in the use of GS1 Standards. You can also add this new skill to your online resume with a GS1 US Badge valid for three years and share it via social media.

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*For information about the rule, see the U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification System

**For information about the act, see the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act

Disclaimer: GS1 US is the local GS1 Member Organization that supports implementation of the GS1 System in the United States. GS1 US employees are not representatives or agents of the U.S. FDA, and the content herein has not been reviewed, approved, or authorized by the U.S. FDA.

GS1 is a U.S. FDA-Accredited Issuing Agency for UDI, and GS1 Standards are authorized for use in implementing the requirements of the U.S. FDA UDI Rule.