Learn the benefits our GS1 standards are providing for the NHS
GS1 barcodes are helping the NHS save thousands of lives and millions of pounds
Our barcodes have been used for over 40 years in retail – saving the industry billions of pounds every year. Now healthcare is also adopting GS1 barcodes globally – to improve patient safety, enhance clinical effectiveness and drive operational efficiencies. In fact, it’s now mandatory to comply with GS1 standards across all NHS contracts. And we can help you with this.
We enable you to identify, capture and share information using consistent data – whether it relates to pharmaceutical products, medical supplies or patient records. Speaking the same language throughout the healthcare industry, from manufacture and distribution through to hospital wards, cuts errors, reduces costs and boosts efficiency. The result? Better, safer care for the patient.
So if you sell to the NHS or to the wider healthcare sector then you need to use GS1 barcodes.
What you need to do
To start assigning GS1 numbers and barcodes to your products, you’ll need a GS1 Company Prefix.
Follow the three easy steps to get started
- Join GS1 UK online
- Receive your own unique GS1 Company Prefix
- Start assigning GS1 numbers and barcodes to your products
Once you’ve got your GS1 Company Prefix, you’ll be able to login to our member portal, which has tools and services to help you to manage all your GS1 barcode numbers and grow your business.
- My Numberbank – helping you to store and manage all the GS1 numbers you assign to your products - these are called Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs)
- Barcode image generator – create barcode images quickly and easily – and we’ll give you three free credits to get you started
- Support and guidance – we’re here to help you so if you need any help with implementing our standards, or how they can help your business grow – get in touch
Why get your numbers and barcodes from GS1 UK?
Here's just some of the benefits of getting your barcode numbers from us.
How much does it cost?
|Turnover||Annual licence fee||Allocation|
|up to £0.50m||£119||Up to 1,000 numbers|
|£0.5m to £1m||£131||Up to 1,000 numbers|
|£1m to £10m||£203||Up to 1,000 numbers|
|£10m to £50m||£318||Up to 10,000 numbers|
|£50m to £100m||£1,333||Up to 10,000 numbers|
|£100m to £250m||£1,743||Up to 10,000 numbers|
|£250m to £500m||£2,400||Up to 100,000 numbers|
|£500m to £1bn||£2,900||Up to 100,000 numbers|
|Over £1bn||£3,450||Up to 100,000 numbers|
All prices exclude VAT
Frequently asked questions
A GLN, or Global Location Number, is used to identify your business as a legal entity, often via the use of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). It can also be used to identify different offices, warehouses or even specific shelves within a warehouse. If you’re selling to major retailers they’ll often ask for your GLN. You can create your own GLNs once you’re a member of GS1 UK – from the unique company prefix we licence to you.
A Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) is a number that uniquely identifies a product. You see them beneath the barcodes on almost every product in the world. Which is why they’re often called ‘barcode numbers’. In the UK and Europe they’re usually 13 digits long, in the US 12. You might see shorter 8 digit numbers, used on smaller products. There are even 14 digit versions, to identify cases of products. The same numbers are used to identify products sold online too. The important thing to know is that they are all licensed from GS1 organisations around the world – to guarantee their uniqueness. When you join GS1 UK you can create all the GTINs you need.