The conference at a glance

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07:00 - 07:30

Registration and welcome coffee

07:30 - 08:30

A starter session about GS1 Standards

Introduction to global standards for Identify, Capture and Share

08:45 - 13:00

Opening Plenary Session – The challenge of providing the best care for every patient

08:45 - 09:30

Opening remarks and welcome to the conference

Ulrike Kreysa, Senior Vice-President Healthcare, GS1 Global Office, Belgium (confirmed)

Miguel A. Lopera, President and CEO, GS1 Global Office, Belgium (confirmed)

Speaker to be confirmed, TEVA, the Netherlands (invited)

Dutch government official (invited)

09:30 - 10:30

Panel – Hospitals

Chaired by Kevin Down, Director of Finance and Performance, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK (invited)

  • Financial Director, Isala Hospital Zwolle, the Netherlands (invited)
  • Thomas Klein, Head of Purchasing and Logistics, University Hospital Duesseldorf, Germany (invited)
  • Mr. Keith Jones, Head & Neck surgeon, Clinical Director of Surgery, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, UK (invited)
  • Henrik Stilling, IT architect Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark (invited)
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

Panel – Connecting the supply chain to clinical outcomes

Chaired by Susan Moffatt-Bruce, Executive Director, University Hospital The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, USA (invited)

  • Mr. David Berridge, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director – Operations, the Leeds Teaching Hospital, UK (invited)
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Petzina, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Ärztliche Leitung Qualitäts- und Risikomanagement und Patientensicherheit, Universitaetsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (invited)
  • Sotiris Tsiafos, Traceability Project Manager, Athens General Army Hospital, Greece (invited)
12:30 - 12:35

Introduction to conference charity

GS1 Healthcare supports a local charity with 5 EUR for every feedback form received

12:35 - 12:55

Introduction to GS1 Healthcare Awards

During each Global GS1 Healthcare Conference two types of Awards are handed out, for:

  1. an individual who has contributed extensively to furthering GS1 Healthcare's work efforts over the years;
  2. a healthcare provider organisation that has implemented GS1 Standards for at least one process in their organisation.
12:55 - 13:00

Introduction of afternoon sessions and the poster reception

13:00 - 14:00

General networking lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Parallel streams - Participants choose which stream to attend:

  • Panel I – Value based Healthcare

    Chaired by Karen Conway, Vice President Healthcare Value, GHX, USA (confirmed)

    • Eric Hans Eddes Gastrointestinal and Oncological Surgeon at Deventer Ziekenhuis, General Director Dutch Institute for Clinical Auditing, the Netherlands (invited)
    • Grant Hodgkins, EUDAMED Workstream Lead, Smith & Nephew, US (invited)
    • Hennie Mulder, Registered Nurse, Maxima Medical Centre, the Netherlands (invited)
  • Panel II – Closed loop medication up to point-of-care scanning

    Chaired to be confirmed (tbc)

    • Michiel Duyvendak, St. Antonius Hospital, Sneek, the Netherlands (invited)
    • Ad Deeben, Senior Director Marketing Services & Logistics, TEVA, the Netherlands (invited)
    • Sebastien Langlois-Berthelot, Global Serialization Deployment – Country Rollout Stream Lead, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, France (invited)
  • Panel III – Public policy: Medical Devices

    Regulatory requirements and initiatives from around the world related to medical devices – normally a closed group; it is only open for this session.


    • Jackie Elkin, Global Process Owner - Standard Product Identification, Global Regulatory Affairs, Medtronic, USA (confirmed)
    • Géraldine Lissalde-Bonnet, Public Policy Director, GS1 Global Office, Belgium (confirmed)
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:30

Parallel streams - Participants choose which stream to attend:

  • Panel I – Standards organisations – together we are stronger

    Chaired to be confirmed (tbc)

    • Lies van Gennip, CEO, NICTIZ (invited)
    • Speakers to be confirmed
  • Panel II – Impact and issues around implementation of barcodes (ONE barcode, one product with two different GTIN, multiple barcodes, barcode quality, etc.)

    Chaired by Pat Bailey, St. James’ hospital, Dublin, Ireland (invited)

    • Tatjana Pathare, Global Supply Chain Management Team, F. Hoffmann La Roche Ltd, Switzerland (invited)
    • Charity Hovey, Project Manager, 3M (invited)
  • Panel III: Creating the Case for Trusted & Complete Data in Healthcare: Global Data Synchronization Network Business Use Cases Explored

    Panel discussion will describe for the audience the efforts by a GS1 Healthcare US industry workgroup to advance the adoption and use of GDSN as a trusted source of medical product data. Focus will be on the results of 2 or 3 business use cases undertaken by U.S. Healthcare participants which set out to define and validate the vital list of product attributes needed to support key business processes between healthcare trading partners.

    Business Process Use cases explored include – 1. for Med Device, the Order to Cash process 2. for Pharma, the attributes required to support an EPCIS event and 3. for Providers, the attributes needed to support patient bedside scanning.

    • Speakers to be confirmed
17:30 - 18:30

Poster reception

17:30 - 19:00

International government healthcare supply chain Think Tank

(Invitation only)

Open to international government healthcare organisations

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome coffee

09:00 - 13:00

Plenary session – Unique Device Identification

Unique Device Identification (UDI) aims to establish a single medical device identification system that is consistent, unambiguous and globally standardised. The session provides an overview of the status on UDI across the world and informs on other initiatives regarding track & trace for medical devices.

09:00 - 09:30

Update on the EU Medical Device Regulations

Dr. Salvatore Scalzo, EU Commission, Belgium (invited)

09:30 - 09:55

The latest on the UDI requirements in China

Ms Li Jun, National Medical Products Administration (former CFDA), State Administration for Market Regulation, China (invited)

09:55 - 10:20

Korea – moving forward on UDI implementation

Mr. Jae-Yong Jung, Assistant Director, Medical Device Policy Division, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), Korea (invited)

10:20 - 10:45

UDI regulation in Saudi-Arabia

Meshal A. Al-Amri, Saudi FDA, Saudi-Arabia (invited)

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 11:40

Evolutionary implementation of GS1 standards in a hospital

Joanna Nowak, Head of Medical Device Supplies, University Medical Centre in Gdansk, Poland (invited)

11:40 - 12:05

Implementing the UDI system in a SME environment

Mr. Sterba, Head of Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance, Linet, Czech Republic (invited)

12:05 - 12:30

Implementation of GS1 standards in the meticulous operation and management of medical devices

Mr. Wang Jian, Director, Medical Logistics Management Department, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China (invited)

12:30 - 13:00

Partnering around standards for better care in “rest of the world”

  • Kaitlyn Roche, Manager Global Standards, USAID (invited)
  • Supply chain Partner of USAID (tbc)
13:00 - 13:10

Invitation to 2nd Regional GS1 Healthcare conference in Africa

Prof. Christiana Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General, National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control, Nigeria (invited)

13:00 - 14:00

General networking lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Parallel streams – each participant can choose which one to attend:

  • Panel I – Implementation of the EU FMD in hospitals – it can be done!

    • Jean Michel Descoutures, Hospital pharmacist, Argenteuil hospital, IHF, France (invited)
    • Speakers to be confirmed
  • Panel II – Implant Registries – impacts for manufactures, hospitals, governments and patients

    Chaired by LIR (invited)

    • Speaker to be confirmed, Flevo Ziekenhuis Almere (tbc)
    • Speaker to be confirmed, LROI (tbc)
    • Mark Mureau, Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Erasmus MC Rotterdam, ICOBRA, the Netherlands (invited)
    • Endoss (invited)
  • Panel III – Hospitals improving processes for patient safety

    Dr. Hajo Reissmann, Head of Medical Supplies Controlling, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (confirmed)

    • Traceability and inventory management – RFID based cabinet solution - Holger Meyer, Leitung Geschätsbereich Einkauf, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Germany (invited)
    • Improving Inventory management for kits - Philip Lapish, Supply Chain Manager – Theatres, Cambridge University Hospitals, UK (invited)
    • Optimisation of logistics in a hospital with GS1 standards - Alexander Soland, Head of Logistics and Services, and Christian Schläpfer Project Manager Logistics, Site Manager, University Hospital Zuerich, Switzerland (invited)
15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:15

Parallel streams – each participant can choose which one to attend:

  • Panel I: The role of standards in Clinical trials

    Feargal McGroarty, National Haemophilia System Project Manager, St. James’s hospital, Dublin, Ireland (invited)

    • Pierre Fernandez-Barbereau, Project Management Clinical Supply Chain, Sanofi (invited)
    • Olivia Chauvel, Service Pharmacie, CH Victor Dupouy, France (invited)
    • Hans von Steiger, Directory / Team Leader Clinical Supply Chain Strategy Management, Pfizer, US (invited)
    • Speaker to be confirmed
  • Panel II – Public policy: Pharmaceuticals

    Regulatory requirements and initiatives from around the world related to pharmaceuticals – normally a closed group; it is only open for this session.


    • Cyndi Poetker, Director of Enterprise Standards and Traceability, Abbott, USA (invited)
    • Géraldine Lissalde-Bonnet, Public Policy Director, GS1 Global Office, Belgium (confirmed)
  • Panel III – EDI for accuracy and efficiency between partners in the Healthcare supply chain

    • Holger Clobes, Head of Global eCommerce and Auto-ID, BBraun, Germany (invited)
    • Spain (tbc)
    • Dennis Black, Global Regulatory Operations, BD, US (invited)
19:00 - 22:00

Networking event at St(r)andplaats Nederzandt

08:00 - 08:30

Welcome coffee

08:30 - 11:05

Plenary session – Pharmaceuticals traceability

08:30 - 09:00


Dr. Hakkı GÜRSÖZ President of Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TMMDA) (invited)

09:00 - 09:30

9 February 2019 and beyond … EU FMD implementation at European and national level

EMVO and NMVO (tbc)

09:30 - 09:55

The benefits of GS1 for FMD implementation

Johan Verhaege, National Policy Liaison, Medicines for Europe (invited)

09:55 - 10:20

Track & Trace in Egypt

Dr. Haytham Abdellatif, Track & trace project manager, Egypt MoH, Egypt (invited)

10:20 - 10:45

Traceability down to the patient (point-of-care scanning)

Pieter Helmons, St. Jans Dal Hospital Harderwijk, the Netherlands (invited)

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 13:00

Plenary session – Imagine one world, one standard, one vision: Improving patient safety

11:15 - 11:50

GS1 Healthcare Award 1

11:50 - 12:15

GS1 Healthcare Award 2

12:15 - 12:50

Inspirational speaker

Maarten van der Weijden, the Netherlands (confirmed)

12:50 - 12:55

Invitation to next conference in Delhi, India

Ravi Mathur, CEO, GS1 India (confirmed)

12:55 - 13:00

Closing remarks

GS1 Healthcare Tri-Chairs (confirmed)