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The Canadian and U.S. healthcare industries are transitioning to the use of GS1 Global Location Numbers (GLNs) for location identification by the sunrise date of December 31, 2010 and GS1 Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) for product identification by the sunrise date of December 31, 2012.

In October 2009, the GS1 Canada Carenet Healthcare Sector Board announced the decision to implement the GLN and GTIN standards in Canada, and has established an industry-driven implementation plan for the healthcare sector. These GS1 standards will establish a common business language across the Canadian healthcare sector, eliminating the costly errors and inefficiencies caused by using multiple proprietary identification codes.

Healthcare providers and suppliers should begin preparing now for implementation of 2010 GLN Sunrise and 2012 GTIN Sunrise. Training, tools, and resources are available through GS1 Canada.

GLN Sunrise 2010

Standard Global Location Number (GLN)
Purpose Location identification
Sunrise Date December 31, 2010
Benefits of the Standard
  • Drives consistency when defining location information and physical location marking
  • Simplifies supply chain management processes
  • Reduces costs resulting from resolving inaccurate data
  • Reduces time spent on manual documentation and data entry
  • Improves efficiencies for electronic commerce transactions, such as ordering and invoicing
  • Eliminates the need for proprietary identification codes
  • Enhances data synchronization efforts between trading partners
  • Improves product traceability and recall efforts
  • Supports patient safety initiatives
  • Improves sterile equipment management activities
  • Increases the effectiveness of medical asset management through superior visibility
How to Obtain To obtain a GLN for your organization, contact GS1 Canada at 1.800.567.7084 ext. 3.
Resources and Training Guides Get Ready for GLN Sunrise 2010
GLN Implementation Checklist – Providers

GLN Implementation Checklist – Suppliers
Canadian GLN Implementation Guidelines for Healthcare Providers
Education Modules
GLN Frequently Asked Questions
Industry Working Groups Carenet Healthcare Technical Working Group
Carenet Healthcare Standards Council
Centralized Registry The GS1 Canada GLN Registry is an online, searchable database for up-to-date, accurate and detailed location information for trading partner transactions.

GTIN Sunrise 2012

Standard Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), the number at the bottom of a bar code
Purpose Product identification
Sunrise Date December 31, 2012
Benefits of the Standard
  • Reduces confusion by accurately identifying specific products with specific numbers
  • Eliminates the need to re-label products, allowing more time for frontline patient care
  • Improves information quality by ensuring that product data is identical among supply chain partners
  • Increases accuracy of product orders and administration as GTINs are packaging hierarchy-based
  • Frees up staff time by eliminating the use of cross-reference tables to keep track of multiple proprietary identification numbers
  • Helps healthcare professionals match the right product to the right patient, reducing medication errors and improving patient safety
  • Improves product traceability and streamlines product recall efforts
  • Increases the efficiency of payment and reporting processes
  • Enables accurate spend analytics
How to Obtain 1. Become a GS1 Canada subscriber.
2. Review the GTIN Sunrise 2012 implementation resources (below).
Resources and Training Guides GTIN Implementation Checklist – Providers
GTIN Implementation Checklist – Suppliers
Get Ready for GTIN Sunrise 2012
GTIN Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providers
GTIN Implementation Guide for Healthcare Suppliers
GTIN Allocation Rules for Healthcare
Canadian Healthcare Product Registry
Education Modules
Industry Working Groups Carenet Healthcare Technical Working Group
Carenet Healthcare Standards Council
Centralized Registry The Canadian Healthcare Product Registry is the centralized source of truth for Canada’s healthcare sector in accessing accurate, perpetually updated product information.