GS1 Global Data Synchronization NetworkTM (GDSN®) Initiative
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project employs cutting-edge technologies and proven commercial best practices to make health supply chains be more efficient and reach more people.
Chemonics and its partners are adapting proven commercial methods and tools to optimize supply chain performance and build capacity. Going beyond traditional transactional buying, we have formed commodity councils — teams of complementary experts in health commodities, planning, sourcing, logistics, and quality assurance — to develop sourcing strategies and help shape markets. In addition, we follow the fourth-party logistics model to secure the best value in capability and cost. We employ Lean Six Sigma principles to eliminate waste across the supply chain. And, we help national supply chains to develop quality management systems to facilitate ISO 9001 certification, where appropriate to the local context.
Accurate, standards-based data is the fuel that drives the global health supply chain, enabling USAID and other stakeholders to collaborate to ensure that greater health impact is delivered per dollar. To this end, we are now implementing product data sharing through the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). We have partnered with 1WorldSync, a GDSN-certified data pool and the global leader in product content solutions, to enable the efficient exchange of accurate and up-to-date item information based on globally recognized GS1 Standards. GS1 Standards provide a common language to create seamless work processes that allow businesses to identify, capture, and share information the same way all over the world.
To get started synchronizing your critical product information for health commodity items, please review the step by step documentation to the right and complete the GHSC-PSM Trading Partner Form located above.