UK Government wants mandatory e-procurement for health services sector in 2014

August 13, 2013  |  E-procurement, Europe, Government

A new UK ‘eProcurement strategy’ for the entire NHS will be unveiled next month. Its centrepiece will be fierce pressure to adopt the ‘GS1 coding standard’, which is recognised worldwide for unique identification of products, locations and services. When into place, all hospitals in England must adopt international barcodes to buy their goods. This should save the taxpayer £1.5bn a year.

As part of this e-procurement plan, the use of e-invoicing is investigated in conjunction with the EU plans for mandatory electronic invoicing in combination with e-procurement.



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