Global Standards

GHSC-PSM is committed to incorporating lessons learned over the last decade of global health supply chain management and exploring industry innovations that will lead to better, more efficient supply chains. Central to achieving this goal is the implementation and use of global supply chain standards (namely GS1) for product identification, location identification, and product master data. Thus, adoption of global standards has become a central part of the GHSC program to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and improve the availability of health commodities worldwide.

Global Standards Implementation Guidance for Suppliers

GHSC-PSM is implementing global standards for product identification, labeling, and data exchange for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, sterile kits, and laboratory reagents. The resources referenced below are intended to inform suppliers and other key stakeholders with technical guidance on how to comply with the GHSC-PSM contract requirement.


Endorsed by the Global Drug Facility, Global Fund, UNDP, UNFPA and USAID, the Global Standards Technical Implementation Guideline for Global Health Commodities is a resource developed for International Procurement Agency (IPA) trading partners to inform the implementation of global standards for product and location identification, labeling, and data exchange. Trading partners should use the GS1 General Specification as the primary reference document for technical specifications to meet the requirement in accordance with GS1 global standards.

In any document that speaks to procurement


The GS1 supplier score is a quantitative measurement to evaluate the GS1 supplier compliance by phase and overall phase weighted score. The top suppler score list is intended to highlight our top performing suppliers regarding GS1 compliance.

Scope of Suppliers
Suppliers are scored if they supply items that are deemed in scope for the GS1 requirements meeting all the criteria below:

  • Pharmaceuticals, medical devices, laboratory reagents, and sterile kits
  • Items in those categories under long term agreements
  • Items in those categories that we have ordered before


  • Phase 1 – GTIN, GLN,
Global Data Synchronization Network™

GHSC-PSM will be using the GS1 Global Data Synchronization NetworkTM (GDSN) to exchange product master data on with suppliers. GHSC-PSM’s GDSN data pool provider is 1WorldSync. More information on how to sign up for the GDSN can be found at GHSC-PSM’s landing page.


In preparation for implementation, GHSC-PSM partnered with our GDSN data pool provider, 1WorldSync, to prepare a series of reports to inform the project’s GDSN implementation strategy. Those deliverables can be found here:

Technical Report

This report, prepared by 1WorldSync, Inc., is a strategy for GHSC-PSM to use the 1WorldSync GDSN Data Pool and have their suppliers register including:

• a detailed attribute analysis and the content needed to realize the benefits of the GDSN project, resulting in an attribute dictionary;
• a well-defined community enablement strategy to show how 1WorldSync will encourage the project’s suppliers to register with GS1 and a data pool and provide their product information through the GDSN); and
• a supplier target list analysis.

Technical Report

This report, prepared by 1WorldSync, Inc., is a recommendation report on the best approach to integrate the GDSN with ARTMIS, primarily these of the GDSN network and e-commerce messaging to integrate the data received from the GHSC-PSM suppliers into the GHSC-PSM ARTMIS system. The recommendations are based upon collaborative discussions held between GHSC-PSM business and technical staff and 1WorldSync.

Resources for National and Global Stakeholders

GHSC-PSM will be developing guidance documents for national and global stakeholders to support global standards implementations in national supply chains.


The intent of this document is to provide guidance to country programs for systematically organizing the work of operationalizing and executing a vision and strategy for pharmaceutical traceability. It is not intended to be prescriptive, but to serve as guidance for developing a vision, strategy, and implementation roadmap specific to the country environment – one that considers the key operational components required for successful implementation.

Technical Report

This document provides guidance and strategic considerations for national level policy makers in LLMICs who are developing policies for pharmaceutical traceability to address the particular needs of
domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers. This document is intended to be used as one reference in a suite of resources developed by GHSC-PSM regarding the implementation of pharmaceutical traceability and global standards.

Global Collaboration

Through USAID, GHSC-PSM supports the harmonization of standards implementation across the global health community. The resources provided below have been produced and disseminated in support of broader global collaboration among stakeholders.


These guidelines outline the Reproductive Health Global Traceability Advisory Group's recommendations for packaging to facilitate the identification and tracking of reproductive health products.

Also included are recommendations for the process and timeline for implementing the specified requirements. The reproductive health products within the scope of these recommendations are oral, injectable, and subdermal implantable hormonal contraceptive methods. Medical device reproductive health products are outside the scope of these recommendations.

Training, Education and Presentations

GHSC-PSM will continue to develop relevant trainings to support the implementation of global standards across the project and within USAID-supported countries. Available training materials and public presentations can be found below and will continue to be uploaded through the duration of the project.


The Global Data Synchronisation Network™ (GDSN) connects interoperable data pools so pharmaceutical manufacturers, logistics providers, regulatory authorities, supply chain managers, and healthcare workers can share and use the same accurate information about health commodity orders. But how does it work exactly and what are the benefits?

At the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from May 8-10, GHSC-PSM presented this poster which outlines how the project is using the GDSN and why it benefits patients.