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.

This document outlines the terms and conditions for supplier compliance to GHSC-PSM's global standards guidelines regarding packing, export marking, and preparation for shipment and packaging.


In preparation for implementation, GHSC-PSM partnered with RC Partners, LLC to conduct a series of readiness assessments to inform the project’s strategy. Those deliverables can be found here:

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:

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.

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.

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.