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Global Data Standards

To improve traceability and end-to-end visibility of health products throughout the supply chain, to enhance efficiency, security and patient safety, and, ultimately, to improve the availability of health products at service delivery level, UNDP has adopted GS1 Guidelines for Global Health Commodities for product identification, location identification, and product master data.

UNDP, in collaboration with key stakeholders, is introducing GS1 standards as part of its procurement requirements and will support country uptake of these standards to improve tracking and traceability systems. These include the requirements that:

  • Distribution and inventory management systems include a mechanism to trace, by batch number, the patients to whom medicines are distributed, in the event that a product is recalled; and
  • All storage facilities and personnel use the ‘first expired, first out’ (FEFO) system.

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