In 2014 the Department of Health published the NHS eProcurement Strategy, beginning the process of requiring the adoption of GS1 barcoding and PEPPOL messaging standards for suppliers of the NHS. Unlike the requirements of the Medical Device Regulation, the NHS specifically mandates the use of GS1 standards instead of other alternatives, although implementation deadline extensions are applicable to those companies already compliant with HIBCC.
The NHS Terms and Conditions for the Supply of Goods and the Provision of Services now includes a requirement on suppliers to adopt GS1 standards and place master product data in a GS1 Global Synchronisation Network certified data pool. Deadlines for application of GS1 GTIN barcodes on packaging are staged based on product classification. Class III products are required by 30th September 2017, Class II by 30th September 2018 and finally Class I by 30th September 2019. These implementation deadlines are in advance of those set out for UDI under the MDR, however the NHS and Department of Health have committed to requiring adoption in advance of the European legislation.
Full details can be found in the attached supplier compliance timeline, ten step supplier guide and the eProcurement Strategy document itself.
Download: Ten step guide for suppliers to the NHS
Download: NHS eProcurement Strategy