US and International Supply Chain Leaders to Convene for 32nd Global GS1 Healthcare Conference on Patient Safety and Supply Chain Security
Representatives from U.S. FDA, McKesson, Johnson & Johnson, and Others Will Share GS1 Standards Implementation Strategies

Lawrenceville, NJ (September 27, 2017) — Healthcare leaders from private industry and government agencies will gather to share use cases and progress updates on the worldwide implementation of GS1 Standards to help improve patient safety, supply chain security and efficiency. During the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference, speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Commission, AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, Johnson & Johnson, hospitals from across the world, and others will share best practices for implementing GS1 Standards in healthcare. The event is taking place in Chicago, IL, October 17-19, 2017, at the Westin Chicago River North.

More than 300 participants from hospitals, manufacturers, distributors, industry associations, and government and regulatory agencies from nearly 40 countries are expected to attend the conference. The three-day event, themed “Safer, more efficient care starts with a simple scan,” is hosted by GS1 US®, an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards.

“The Global GS1 Healthcare Conference gathers experts from all over the world to share their knowledge and experience toward the common goal of improving patient safety,” said Greg Bylo, vice president of healthcare, GS1 US. “Through collaboration and implementation of GS1 Standards, the healthcare industry can improve information exchange throughout the supply chain, helping facilitate accurate and timely delivery of healthcare products where they are needed.”

An expansive view of the global healthcare supply chain will be represented, with presentations from government agencies, regulatory bodies, healthcare industry associations, U.S. group purchasing organizations (GPOs), hospitals, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Highlights include:

• Plenary session: Hospitals, doctors and clinicians - This session will focus on the use of GS1 Standards in hospitals, presenting a wide range of perspectives and experiences from varying experts from across the globe
• Plenary session: Pharmaceutical traceability from manufacturer to patient - Healthcare leaders will discuss how traceability improves patient safety by providing end-to-end visibility as products travel through the supply chain, while enabling efficient product recalls when necessary.
• Plenary session: Unique Device Identification (UDI) - UDI aims to establish a single device identification system that is consistent, unambiguous and globally standardized. The session provides an overview of the status of UDI across the world and information about other initiatives regarding track and trace for medical devices.
• Closing keynote presentation by Ms. Sorrel King, Founder, The Josie King Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient safety by uniting healthcare providers and consumers, and funding innovative safety programs to create a culture of patient safety.

Additional sessions include panel discussions covering a range of topics including patient safety beyond borders, standards in humanitarian work, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), hospital operational efficiency, public policy on pharmaceuticals and medical devices, cost savings through standards, and UDI implementation.

To view the conference agenda, a complete list of speakers, and to register for the GS1 Global Healthcare Conference, visit Regulatory bodies and healthcare providers are eligible for complimentary registration.

For more information about GS1 US, visit

About GS1 US
GS1 US®, a member of the global information standards organization GS1®, brings industry communities together to solve supply-chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. Nearly 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, security and sustainability of their business processes. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®).

About GS1 Healthcare
GS1 Healthcare is a global, voluntary user community bringing together all healthcare supply chain stakeholders, including manufacturers, distributors, healthcare providers, solution providers, regulatory bodies and industry associations. The mission of GS1 Healthcare is to lead the healthcare sector to the successful development and implementation of global standards by bringing together experts in Healthcare to enhance patient safety and supply chain efficiencies. GS1 Healthcare members include over 70 leading healthcare organizations worldwide.