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Canadian Pharmaceutical Bar Coding Project

In an effort to increase patient safety, members of the healthcare and pharmacy industries are collaborating to implement standardized bar codes on all aspects of pharmaceutical product labeling.

Headed jointly by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), the Canadian Pharmaceutical Bar Coding Project is guided by a national Implementation Committee and being developed with assistance from a 34-member Technical Task Force (TTF), representing six identified healthcare sectors. GS1 Canada is a participant on these committees and is supporting the efforts of the sector.

As a key component of this initiative, ISMP Canada and CPSI jointly endorsed the adoption of the GS1 global standard for automated identification (e.g., bar coding) of pharmaceutical products in Canada.

The multiphase project has resulted in the development of draft technical statements regarding Canadian pharmaceuticals in the following areas: bar code components and symbologies, product database elements, medications to be included in the categories to be bar coded, and packaging levels and bar code placement.

Learn more about the project and its supporters
Read the press release
Read the Joint Technical Requirements (PDF)

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