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Benefits of ECCnet Registry - Providers

Benefits of ECCnet Registry


  • Centralized access to accurate, standardized medical device, pharmaceutical, foodservice and consumer packaged goods product information, with tools to support integration of data into internal systems.
  • Improved accuracy in product procurement and inventory management through use of consistent, standardized product codes and descriptions adopted across the healthcare system.
  • Reduced costs and improved resource deployment by:
    • reducing time spent reconciling errors in documents such as purchase orders and invoices
    • eliminating the need for staff to key in and maintain files of product data
  • Enhanced patient safety resulting from access to continuously updated and validated product data – ensuring that the right patient gets the right product at the right time
  • Improved business processes including:
    • Sourcing
    • Contracting
    • Order management
    • Inventory management
    • Consignment inventory
    • Recall
    • Traceability
    • Care use cases
    • Spend analytics

    Benefits of ECCnet Registry – SSOs/GPOs

    One place to go, find and synchronize all the product data required to:

    • Develop RFPs
    • Complete and update item catalogues
    • Facilitate member procurement
    • Facilitate and complete valuable spend analytical reports

    Benefits of ECCnet Registry – Distributors

    Utilize ECCnet Registry for product information management needs:

    • Complete and update item catalogues from one location, on a perpetual basis
    • Capacity for full automation

    Roll-Out – Jumpstart Phase

    • ECCnet Registry will be the single point of access between healthcare trading partners for exchanging accurate, standardized, perpetually updated product data.
    • ECCnet Registry will launch in the healthcare sector based on a “Jumpstart” approach – mass loading, by GS1 Canada, of approximately 100,000 GTINs. In collaboration with industry, GS1 Canada will accomplish this mass loading stage by leveraging suitable product information from two existing sets of Canadian healthcare product data currently being utilized by GS1 Canada Carenet members:
      • a catalogue currently being used by a national distributor
      • a database created by the Ontario Hospital Association during an Operating Room supply chain project
    • A minimum set of medical device product data attributes (fields) – consistent with existing Global Data Synchronization NetworkTM (GDSN) healthcare attributes – will be the first set of data required.  The following product data attributes will be identified as MS1:
      • 25 mandatory data attributes
      • 26 optional data attributes (Note:  each trade item may or may not require all the optional attributes.)

    Important Note on Data Validations 

    For the Jumpstart phase, the validations on MS1 data will be basic data validations – limited automatic system settings that will flag discrepancies such as packaging hierarchy inconsistencies. 

    For other sectors, at the request of industry, GS1 Canada provides enhanced data validation services that include collaboration tools such as:

    • GTIN discrepancy reports
    • sector data audits and score carding
    • enhanced third party validations
    • data normalization capability. 
    These data integrity services will not apply to the medical device category during the Jumpstart process.

    Roll-Out – Full Use Case Phase

    • Launch of the full attribute data set and data validation processes in ECCnet Registry will be determined based on industry-identified use cases, data integrity protocol adoption strategies, and timelines.  This includes the number of attributes required in the full data set. 
    • A cost recovery model for this full use-case data set will be developed with GS1 Canada Carenet Healthcare Sector Board input, through a transparent process.

    Next Steps

    • Healthcare providers, distributors, GPOs and SSOs confirm their use of ECCnet Registry as their single source for healthcare product data.

    • Healthcare providers, distributors, GPOs and SSOs determine their data retrieval plan (see pricing model) and sign a Participation Agreement consistent with their chosen option.

    • Healthcare providers, distributors, GPOs, SSOs and/or their designated agents will access ECCnet Registry and subscribe to the MS1 data set, recognizing that, as part of the Jumpstart process, this data has not been subject to the same level of data validation as other GS1 Canada-managed registry categories, such as Pharmacy and Foodservice.


    • As GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit association, the costs and operation of ECCnet Registry are based on cost recovery
    • Only organizations with a valid GS1 Company Prefix Licence, which can be issued by any GS1 MO may participate in ECCnet Registry and ECCnet Registry Value-Added Services
    • Contact GS1 Canada at 1.800.567.7084 ext. 3 or to obtain a licence.

    How to Get Started

    Contact GS1 Canada at 1.800.567.7084 ext. 3 or