On March 2014, the Department of Health published the “NHS eProcurement Strategy”.
This document followed on from “Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care” (DH and NHS England, August 2013) which included a commitment to publish an NHS eProcurement strategy and mandate the use of GS1 product coding and PEPPOL standards.
Front line clinical care cannot be delivered to patients without the goods and services provided by internal support departments and external suppliers.
Patient care is directly affected, either positively or negatively, by the success or failure of the procurement processes that place goods and services at the disposal of clinical staff.
Patient care risks are presented by supply chain failures, by safety recalls and by the increasing numbers of counterfeit medicines and medical devices. A significant amount of clinical time is lost in resolving these issues and in the day-to-day acquisition of goods and services.
These concerns can be mitigated by extending the use of eProcurement solutions, together with the adoption of global standards.
The new NHS eProcurement landscape
Once GS1 and PEPPOL standards are adopted by buyers and suppliers, the new eProcurement landscape will function as showed:
One of the benefits of this model, derivated from PEPPOL, is that each participant will be free to select its preferred PEPPOL Access Point services provider:
GS1 and PEPPOL Adoption: Ten step guide for suppliers to the NHS
The Department of Health elaborated this guide is part of a suite of documents to support suppliers in their adoption of GS1 and Pan European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) standards.
The seventh step of this guide states: “Implement electronic orders and invoices using the PEPPOL standard with GS1 identifiers You will need to sign up to and then integrate with a PEPPOL access point that provides the capabilities you require to receive and send electronic messages with the NHS. Look up a full list of accredited access point service providers here: