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.

Performance Report

The top supplier score list is intended to highlight our top performing suppliers regarding implementation of our global standards requirements, achieving a compliance score of 95% or higher in a given Phase.

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, and tertiary pack trade

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

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.


GHSC-PSM has adopted and implemented the GS1 Global Data Synchronization NetworkTM (GDSN®) to receive item attribute information as the basis of our product catalog, and seeks the benefits of synchronizing product data with trading partners for both new and existing items. Using the GDSN process will help improve supply chain data quality and management for you and all of our trading partners. It will provide USAID-supported countries with the information they need to optimize decision making for GHSC-PSM order planning, procurement, shipping, and receiving. Master data received from


This training provides an overview of the GHSC-PSM global standards initiative and the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). It includes a review of the GDSN synchronization process, a GHSC-PSM attribute guide overview, and a review of the 1WorldSync Data Load and Maintenance (DLM) offering for GHSC-PSM suppliers.

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.


For country programs to begin to develop and operationalize visions for pharmaceutical traceability in local healthcare systems, adequate human resources are required to execute the required tasks accompanying traceability activities and work. The following tools have been designed for country programs and national authorities to adopt and adapt in resourcing in-country traceability implementation strategies:

  • Notional organizational diagram
  • Primary responsibilities and required skillset for the roles identified in the notional organizational diagram
  • Detailed job descriptions for

The Product Master Data Management (PMDM) Reference Guide outlines strategic considerations and guidelines for an accessible and consistent approach to communicate and manage accurate product information throughout the product lifecycle. The ability to properly maintain product master data is critical for end-to-end data visibility and pharmaceutical traceability and, underpins all functions of the healthcare supply chain, from marketing authorization by regulatory authorities to stock management and issuing commodities at the point of dispensing. 
Download the Guide.

The Product Master Data

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.

This document outlines the TraceNet Working Group’s recommendation for identification, capture, and master data sharing of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINS) to enable improved visibility and traceability of nets from manufacturer to household. Also included are recommendations for the process and timeline for implementing the specific requirements.

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.