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Regulation & Guidance


Unique Device Identification (UDI) is a system used to mark and identify medical devices within the healthcare supply chain. 

GS1 is an issuing entity in both the EU and for the FDA for UDI. 

UDI in terms of GS1 Standards

The Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) took effect on 9th Feb 2019 for all EU member states. 

The directive requires the serialisation of patient packs to include a 2D barcode which are then scanned at the point of dispensing for verification purposes.

Learn more about how GS1 standards can be used to comply with FMD. 


Efficiency in procurement and waste reduction are key areas for focus in any health service.  

The use of GS1 standards for identification and for accurate data transfer will enable delivery of safer services with reduced waste and reduced costs. We regularly engage with the HSE on eProcurement.

Read more about GS1 Healthcare & eProcurement


GS1 Ireland is working together with healthcare leaders and key sector agencies such as:

HSE, Department of Health,HIQA

and others to adopt and use standards that will help organisations share data, promote accuracy,and work more efficiently – to improve patient safety and lower healthcare costs.

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GS1 Ireland Healthcare Ecosystem