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Enhance patient safety and supply chain efficiency

Directed by the Healthcare Pharmacy Sector Board, GS1 Canada has launched ECCnet Item Certification – Pharmaceutical. This online tool enables the electronic exchange of brand-authorized images and associated data between brand owners/manufacturers and data recipients, such as pharmacies, hospitals and associations.

This solution is designed to address challenges within the Pharmacy Sector when it comes to readily and confidently identifying pharmaceuticals in a clinical setting.

Brand-authorized Pharmaceutical Image certification gives manufacturers the assurance that clinicians have access to the most accurate data and images to support their commitment to deliver the right medication to the right patient.

Let us show you how ECCnet Item Certification – Pharmaceutical can benefit your business.

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How Item Certification - Pharmaceutical benefits you:

  • Provide the most accurate images and data to your trading / business partners, including information in critical areas like appearance, composition and dosage.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Protect brand integrity.
  • Support clinicians.
  • Enhance patient safety.
  • Share images and data with your trading partners in one standardized process rather than using disparate systems.
  • Comply with healthcare sector business requirements.

How to Submit Pharmaceutical Content

There are four available content capture and loading options for pharmaceutical content.

  1. On-site Capture at McKesson Central Fill in Montreal
    In partnership with McKesson Canada, GS1 Canada can capture images of your oral solids at McKesson Canada’s Central Fill location.

    You will be invoiced directly by GS1 Canada for the cost of the content capture. McKesson Canada will invoice you for the reimbursement of each oral solid used in the image capture process.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    1. Your products must be located at the McKesson Central Fill. If you are unsure, please contact RxScheduling@gs1ca.org to confirm.
    2. You must complete an acknowledgement form authorizing this procedure. Please contact RxScheduling@gs1ca.org to obtain the form.

  2. Pharmaceutical eSubmission
    If you have captured high-quality product images that meet GS1 global standards, you can use the eSubmission Content Loading option to send them directly to GS1 Canada.

    GS1 Canada will invoice you directly for the cost of evaluating, enhancing, and loading your image.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Find out more about how to engage in our eSubmission option.

  3. Product Submission
    With our Product Submission option, you can send your products to the GS1 Canada studio in Montreal. There, our team of photographers will take professional images and capture standardized product data that comply with GS1 global standards and meet the needs of your trading partners.

    You may send one full product sample per DIN to the GS1 Canada studio in Montreal (e.g. one bottle of capsules). Upon request, we will return your samples after the capture via courier at your expense.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    • Available for over-the-counter products only.

    Find out more about how to engage in our Product Submission option.

  4. Onsite Capture at Your Location
    By special arrangement, our team of professionals will travel to your site and perform the content capture there.

    This method is ideal for pharmaceutical products that have transport restrictions in place or may spoil in transit or for organizations that have a high volume of individual products.

    You can choose to have GS1 Canada come to your location and photograph your products. Contact RxScheduling@gs1ca.org for more details.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    • You must have a minimum of 50 products.
    • A trained pharmacist or pharmacy technician must be available during your image capture appointment to handle the oral solids for the GS1 Canada team.
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How Item Certification - Pharmaceutical benefits you:

  • Avoid errors at point of dispensing by enabling cross-referencing of unit of use pharmaceuticals in patient care settings.
  • Validation of patient medications when presenting in the Emergency Department/Urgent Care Clinic.
  • Prescription validation, dispensing validation Patient information sharing (medication leaflets, pamphlets).
  • Eliminate the need to re-key or source images – access the data through an industry-driven source.
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How Item Certification - Pharmaceutical benefits you:

  • Enables providing the Pharmacy Sector with ‘best practice’ quality and consistency of its pharmaceutical images.
  • Provides trusted, high quality certified and standardized pharmaceutical images and associated data for drugs marketed in Canada.
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