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GS1 Standards for DSCSA Dispensers Online Certificate Course

  • Date:Online Course
  • Location:GS1 US Learning Management System (LMS)

DSCSA Dispenser

The U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)* was passed into law in 2013, marking the beginning of the pharmaceutical supply chain’s journey through lot-level management, product serialization, and finally item-level traceability by 2023.  In response, implementation of the DSCSA is underway across the pharmaceutical supply chain, and many industry members have been using GS1 Standards to meet those requirements.  

According to the statute, “dispensers” include retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and chain pharmacies.*  The purpose of this course is to educate DSCSA Dispensers about the application of GS1 Standards to DSCSA requirements to help them prepare their systems and business processes.   

This course will introduce and explain key concepts about GS1 Barcodes used for products and homogeneous cases, GS1 Application Identifiers used to encode DSCSA data in barcodes, types of barcode scanners, and GS1 Standards that support DSCSA data exchange.  The course is intended to prepare you for receiving products and cases from Suppliers using GS1 Standards to implement DSCSA, and to assist you in leveraging the standards for your DSCSA implementation.

Who would benefit:  Retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, chain pharmacies, and anyone preparing for DSCSA requirements for Dispensers.

For details on course modules, view the Agenda tab.

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Source: 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act.

Disclaimer: GS1 US is not a representative or agent of the U.S. FDA, and the content herein has not been reviewed, approved or authorized by the U.S. FDA.

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The GS1 Standards for DSCSA Dispensers Online Certificate Course includes 6 modules that guide you in learning about the application and use of GS1 Standards for DSCSA requirements.

  • GS1® Overview
  • GS1 Healthcare US®
  • Overview DSCSA and Timeline
  • GS1 Barcodes that can be used for DSCSA
  • Scanning and interpreting GS1 Barcodes  for DSCSA Information
  • Capturing and exchanging information for DSCSA

What this course covers?

  • Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) overview and key milestones
  • The GS1 System of Standards and how it relates to DSCSA
  • Scanning Supplier’s GS1 Data Carriers to capture DSCSA information
  • How to recognize the Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs) on Supplier’s Products and Homogeneous Cases
  • How to recognize required product information in Supplier’s barcodes using GS1 Application Identifiers
  • How Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) is used to facilitate DSCSA data exchange 

Time duration: Approximate time to complete the course is one and a half hours. An assessment is administered during the online training to test knowledge of the key takeaways. You will have unlimited access to the course for one year from the time of purchase



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