HUG Overview

The mission of GS1 Healthcare is to lead the Healthcare sector to the successful development and implementation of global standards, by bringing together experts in Healthcare to enhance patient safety and supply chain efficiencies.


GS1 Ireland Healthcare User Group (HUG)

Working closely with the Global Healthcare User Group and GS1 Member Organisations, local Healthcare User Groups have also been established in a number of countries around the world. These groups are facilitated by GS1 Member Organisations and ensure that specific local requirements are taken into account in global standards development and promote and support local adoption and implementation of such standards.

GS1 Ireland launched the Irish HUG in April 2013 and became the 32nd such group in the world. The focus of the group is to promote the adoption of GS1 Standards locally and to help the user community understand the actions they need to take.

GS1 Ireland HUG Activities

The Irish Healthcare User Group is an active body with participants drawn from across the healthcare services, state departments and agencies, as well as industry with representatives from pharmaceutical, medical devices and medical/surgical supplies companies. HUG activities are focussed on implementing processes and adopting technology that can deliver Patient Safety through an efficient and secure supply chain.

Key topics on the HUG agenda include:

  • Preparing for the legislation in particular the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) and Unique Device Identification (UDI)
  • eProcurement
  • Item (product), location and asset identification
  • Benefiting from the introduction of barcode scanning and RFID tag reading

For information on recent breakfast briefings and information days please visit: HUG Events

Further information on the adoption of GS1 standards in specific industry sectors and for compliance with upcoming legislation  - Pharma Serialisation (FMD) and Unique Device Identification (UDI) - please visit the dedicated Sector sections of this website.

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Further Information

For information on the activities of the GS1 Ireland Healthcare User Group and current projects in Ireland, please contact Siobhain Duggan.