Global Location Numbers (GLNs) are typically created by the organization that is being identified by subscribing to a license from GS1.
To aid in the adoption of GLNs for DSCSA purposes, Masters, our affiliate company, and other distributors have purchased a group license from GS1 for the identification of independent and small customers.
A cross-functional team is working to collect and enter all customer account data into the GS1 system.
All customers must provide two GLN numbers to designate their status:
- Sold to – represents the party acquiring ownership of the product shipped.
- Shipped to – represents the physical location where the products are being delivered.
These numbers may be the same for some customers if their sold-to and ship-to addresses are identical.
If you have not created a GLN or need assistance retrieving a Global Location Number, please visit gs1us.org to get a GLN. Please be advised that a registration fee is involved.
Following are more details about the GLN retrieval process for each customer segment.
Community Pharmacy, Providers and Practitioners
To aid in the adoption of GLNs for DSCSA purposes, Masters and other distributors have purchased a group license from GS1 for the identification of independent and small customers. The goal is to eliminate the work necessary for independent and small customers to speed up identification.
Based on data submitted by Masters and other distributors, GS1 is creating GLNs and posting those GLNs to the GS1 Data Hub tool for independent and small customers
In Data Hub, these assigned GLNs are visible to the distributor who submitted the GLN information for the dispenser and others in the supply chain so they may use the GLN to identify the same customer.
Customers in the Community Pharmacy segment who are small businesses with fewer than nine locations do not need to take any action now.
If your business has more than nine locations, you must create your own GLNs. Please visit gs1us.org .
Health Systems and Clinics
Many health systems implemented the use of GLNs through their GPOs years ago.
Health systems identified with a GLN by their group purchasing organization are currently visible in the GS1 Data Hub, which we use to identify GLNs for customers.
We are completing an audit to determine customers that do not have a GLN. A plan to gather that information is forthcoming.
Large Retail and National Accounts
Most Large Retail and National Accounts can generate GLNs using their Global Company Prefix (GCP) from GS1.
Customers with your own GCP can contact GS1 for assistance in generating your GLNs if you do not already have your locations listed with GLNs.
We are currently collecting GLN information from all Strategic Account partners. We are completing an audit to determine customers that do not have a GLN.
Masters has an internal team coordinating with the VA to assign GLNs for all VA locations.
Specialty Provider Customers & The US Oncology Network
Masters account management supporting Specialty Provider customers and practices in the US Oncology Network are completing an audit to determine which practices have GLNs already assigned, and which do not. We will then work with the Masters DSCSA teams to assign GLNs where missing. At this time, there is no action required of our practices. If Specialty Provider customers and practices in The Network need to sign up for their own GLN, their account manager or RSVP/RVP will contact them directly in the coming weeks.