If you’re in the health care products business, you’ll want to pay close attention to the schedule of deadlines for GS1 compliance that the University of Mississippi Medical Center announced at the same time it made public its endorsement of the standard.
First, the news:
The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced its endorsement of the GS1 Global Data Standards in health care. Ed Smith, Executive Director of Supply Chain Management, states that the GS1 Data Standards will improve patient safety and reduce costs. The GS1 standards include the Global Location Number (GLN), Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), and Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).
They are doing a GLN pilot project this year and are offering this advice as of right now: Suppliers wishing to do business with The University of Mississippi Medical Center in the future should begin now to develop their capability to support GLNs.
The news release goes on to state that by December 31, 2010, custom account numbers will no longer be accepted and by December 31, 2012, custom product numbers will no longer be accepted.