Transitioning to the GS1 Standard
We are making an important update to the part number and barcode standard used on most Boston Scientific products. As part of our ongoing commitment to help improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency, we are working diligently to transition product labels from the current Health Industry Bar Code (HIBC) standard to the GS1 standard.
What is the GS1 Standard?
- The most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.
- It uses a Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) that uniquely identifies devices that are traded in the healthcare supply chain.
- The GTIN and other key product attributes are automatically identified when the barcode is scanned.
- To learn more about GS1 Healthcare, please visit www.gs1.org/healthcare.
When Will We Begin the Transition to GS1?
We are working closely with healthcare providers who are leading GS1 adoption to ensure that we are delivering what providers need related to the GS1 standards.
- The transition to GS1 GTINs and barcodes will begin in December 2013 and continue in phases across all divisions of Boston Scientific.
- Completion is targeted for the end of 2014.
- Our Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) products already use GTINs. There will be no change to existing CRM part numbers and barcodes.
How Will This Impact Your Organization?
We are committed to helping you with this transition, including frequent updates.
- If you are currently scanning Boston Scientific barcodes, we recommend that your hospital assess the impact of this change.
- If you need additional support or information regarding this change, please contact us directly at GS1CustomerInquiries@bsci.com.