Regulations and Compliance

BD and NHS Scan4Safety (Adoption of GS1 and PEPPOL Standards in the NHS)

Scan4Safety is a government initiative stipulating that NHS England will fully adopt GS1 and PEPPOL standards by 2020. GS1 is a standard used to uniquely identify devices through global trade identification numbers (GTINs) and barcodes, while the PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) standard is used to enable the electronic exchange of documents such as purchase orders and invoices. Through the Scan4Safety programme, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) aims at increasing efficiency, enabling better product traceability and enhancing patient safety. For the first time, people, products, places and processes will be linked so that full traceability can be achieved.

BD is fully aware of the NHS Scan4Safety initiative and the guidelines on GS1 and PEPPOL adoption. As a leader in patient and health care worker safety, we are fully supportive of the NHS Scan4Safety initiative and are actively engaged in its implementation in our company. BD is an accredited gold member of the GS1 Alliance.

BD is one of only 60 medical device and in-vitro diagnostics device suppliers which is fully compliant with all Scan4Safety timelines to this point. We are seen as one of the early adopters by the DHSC and are regularly invited to pilot events.

At the date of writing (October 2019), we have achieved the following:

  • ensured that all SKU/packaging level combinations have a valid GTIN assigned in the system
  • submitted over 200,000 product master data points to the data hub chosen by the DHSC
  • closed the vast majority of all identified barcode gaps on labels (this equals 100% compliance to this point in time) and
  • ensured that we have the technical ability to conduct e-commerce via PEPPOL.

BD is fully compliant with the timeline for the implementation of the NHS Scan4Safety initiative. We achieved all milestones due before the end of March 2019, and we have subsequently declared compliance in the Department of Health and Social Care’s Supplier Compliance self-declaration in April 2019.

We remain committed to the full implementation of the NHS Scan4Safety initiative going forward and are actively supporting the DHSC in the development of future implementation steps through the participation in a number of pilot programmes.

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