Complying with UDI and MDR

The What

The Global Data Synchronization Network® (GDSN®) comprises a group of interconnected and interoperable databases, called ‘data pools’, that are certified to comply with GS1 standards for sharing product data.  A data pool is an online industry database which holds product master data published by suppliers for the benefit of any trading partner who is authorized to receive this data for supply chain and commercial transaction purposes.

The GDSN enables trading partners to share ‘trusted’ product data reliably and efficiently based on global standards from GS1.  Leveraging this network of data pools means that users, whether suppliers or data recipients, can securely exchange product and pricing data around the world using GS1 standards for data exchange, product attribution, data validation, standardized code values, message/file formats and data transport protocols.

The GDSN supports accurate, real‑time data sharing and trade item updates between suppliers and their approved recipients of this product data.  Typical suppliers of data include: brand owners, manufacturers, and distributors.  Data recipients include: distributors, retailers, GPOs, hospitals & health systems and government agencies.

The How

To be able to exchange product data on the GDSN, trading partners must join a data pool that’s been tested and certified to meet GS1 global standards for data synchronization. These GS1 standards allow data pools to interoperate with each other to synchronize item and price information between buyers and suppliers around the world.  Data can be exchanged easily because the GS1 standards define a common language for:

  • File exchange using GS1 XML schemas,
  • Message transport using secure AS2 protocols
  • Product attribution using a global data dictionary
  • Valid code values e.g. country codes, Unit_of_Measure, packaging types.

The Why

Suppliers and data recipients can exchange standardized product information that streamlines the processes for procurement, marketing, merchandising, stock replenishment, supply chain optimization and inventory management for the following benefits:

  • Allow the end consumer to access trusted and real-time product information
  • Comply with regulations including drug/device traceability, food origin, nutritional and allergen facts
  • Eliminate manual processes and reduce errors
  • Reduction in data management time and distribution costs
  • Bring new products to market quickly and efficiently

GDSN Connectivity
GDSN Connectivity datasheet
Future of GDSN
Analyzing the Global Data Synchronization Network
GDSN Data Pool Guide