GS1 Compliant Labels for Medical Equipment

GS1 Asset Labelling can help improve efficiency and quality of care in hospitals

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The use of GS1 standards in hospitals can be used to support your UDI implementation


The U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI) Rule stipulates a unique device identification system for medical devices. This means that every medical device used in the US has to be marked with a Unique Device Identifier (UDI) to appear on the label and packaging, in both human readable and machine readable format (e.g. barcode). GS1 Standards can be used to support UDI implementations for all types of medical devices. 

The RFiD Discovery GS1 Asset Labelling solution supports the implementation of the UDI rule, enabling healthcare providers as well as manufacturers and distributors of medical devices to automate and speed up the data capure process for medical device information. By using RFID technology in addition to barcodes, many public health organizations have already saved thousands of hours of clinical time whilst significantly reducing costs.

When used in conjunction with RFID tags, GS1 numbers and barcodes provide the necessary information and process controls to manage devices more effectively. Linking device barcodes to barcoded patient wristbands makes it easy to record which medical equipment has been used on which patients.

"Using RFID technology has improved our care and provided a phenomenal return on investment by saving us hundreds of thousands of pounds and thousands of hours of nurses' time"  Professor Paul White, Head of Clinical Engineering, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust






• GS1 Compliance
• Rapid Auditing
• Improved Inventory Management
• Less time spent looking for devices
• Helps to meet quality control standards. 




How GS1 Asset Labelling with passive RFID works



The labels

Passive RFID labels replace the existing asset labels, and are fully compliant with GS1 standards, carrying a Global Individual Asset Identifier (GIAI). They are encoded with a unique ID which is linked to a particular asset in the database on registration.


The reading process

Different types of passive RFID readers are used to capture data from the tags and send location information to a central database. A specially designed cart fitted with a UHF RFID reader performs equipment searches as it is pushed around the hospital. A mobile handheld reader is used to audit hospital areas or locate specific equipment and fixed readers can be mounted in key areas with a high number of equipment moves.


Patient safety

When a medical device is used on a patient, the GS1 compliant asset label is scanned as well as the patient's wristband. Using GS1 numbers to identify all medical devices as well as locations, staff, patients and products, provides hospitals with reliable information about who did what to whom – when, where and why.





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The role of active and passive RFID as part of an effective medical device management system. Find out more.


RFiD Discovery GS1 Asset Labelling brochure


GS1 Asset Labelling with Passive RFID Brochure

Download the information sheet for more information about GS1 compliant labelling and passive RFID. Read more here.





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