Direct Healthcare Services evaluated the operational requirements needed to support the major process changes required to implement UDI successfully, and initiated the following:
No. All products manufactured after the UDI dates provided by the NHS will have GS1 barcodes; however, there will still be for example HIBC-labeled product in inventory. Per the Department of Health schedule, Direct Healthcare Services will have three years from each specific implementation deadline to deplete its inventory.
Yes. Direct Healthcare Services is currently evaluating several GDSN data pools and plans to move forward with publishing product data to a GDSN. We will communicate the timelines for GDSN once they are established.
GLNs will be implemented in future phases of the project. Today, our priority remains GTIN implementation.
Yes. Starting November 2015, you will have the ability to order many of Direct Healthcare Services’s products by GTIN. We will also maintain the option for you to order by catalog number.
You will see our labels transition from serial numbers to a concatenated GS1-128 linear barcode.
On a few packages where a concatenated GS1 barcode will not fit, you may see 2 GS1 barcodes carrying the same content. In addition, you may also see a 2D (or data matrix) barcode.
The GS1 barcode will be at both the unit of sale and, where applicable, a single unit, or the “each” level.
We will continue to use the catalog numbers in addition to GTINs, so you can order as you have been ordering. Nothing will change except that you will see GS1 barcodes on the packaging and your invoices and packaging slips will start to include GTINs as well as catalog numbers.
Yes, all medical devices Direct Healthcare Services sells globally will have a GS1 label.
You can download the list on Direct Healthcare Services’s website: http://directhealthcareservices.co.uk/unique-device-identification-udi/download-dhs-gtins