HC Swiss DAP

GS1 Switzerland plans to expand its existing solution portfolio with a product data exchange platform for master data. The data exchange platform is intended to offer all participants the opportunity to exchange trusted product master data via the platform. Through various channels, data senders provide data recipients with up-to-date, complete and correct master data «from the source»

A use case is taking place in the focus industry of healthcare. The aim is to create a common basis for the future industry solution for the exchange of product master data in the Swiss healthcare sector. «HC SWISS DAP» is the name of the use case and stands for Swiss Data Exchange Platform in Healthcare. 

Marc Schneider
Director of Development & Operation

As part of its current Strategy 2022+, GS1 Switzerland is pursuing the goal of offering market participants a platform on which product master data can be provided and exchanged.

GS1 Switzerland considers the importance of providing, but also exchanging, up-to-date, correct and complete data as a high priority. With our powerful partner  «Bayard», we are coming a long way towards achieving this goal.

The project is also supported by the organizations SWISS MEDTECHH+ and refdata. A steering committee was initiated with the common goal of providing the Swiss healthcare system with up-to-date, correct, complete product data according to the «once only principle». Together, the organizations ensure that the data exchange platform is broadly supported in the market.

The SCM VMO specialist group supports the project

The SCM VMO specialist group, which focuses on the principles of digitization - common semantics, common standards and interoperability - has supported the project from the outset. Manufacturers of medical devices and hospitals from all over Switzerland are giving the go-ahead by actively participating in the use case «HC SWISS DAP» and thus implementing the project in the market. The insights gained will help to further optimize the platform functionalities and significantly shorten the implementation time for follow-on companies.

Use Cases and Next Steps

The SCM VMO specialist group has decided on joint implementation and is united behind the project.
To consolidate this, a joint LOI is drawn up and signed.

The project was presented to a broad public for the first time at the Excellence Days on June 8-9, 2022. The presentation gave those present a comprehensive overview of the planned data exchange platform and its basic functions.

The solution provider Bayard, on whose technology the platform is built, also presented itself and the solution approach. Peter Biedermann, Director of Swiss Medtech, once again emphasized the importance for the entire Swiss medical technology industry. The association sees digitization as an opportunity very clearly.
In the recently presented target image «MEDTECH-STANDORT SCHWEIZ 2030», Swiss Medtech outlines a way for Switzerland to permanently strengthen its attractiveness as a medtech location. In particular, the «Digitalization» field of action takes account of the plan.

The hospitals Luzerner KantonsspitalInselspitalKantonsspital Winterthur and Hirslanden are making themselves available as data recipients for the first implementation phase with the goal of full integration. In the second phase, the data providers Medartis AG
B. Braun SchweizMathys AG and Cosanum AG will be integrated into the data exchange platform.


The basis for the mutual exchange of data according to the «once only principle» is a platform on which manufacturers provide their product master data directly from their systems. This product master data can be obtained by all connected companies (data recipients). The data is held on the platform, verified and made available to the defined market participants.
Also, the data can be shared with other databases:

UDI Data

The Medical Device Regulation MDR requires medical device manufacturers to store data about themselves and their products for Europe in EUDAMED. Medical devices offered in the USA must be registered electronically in the FDA's product database (GUDID) beforehand.

In order to register validated product information electronically, more is needed than just its technical provision. Here it is necessary to establish own processes, organization and systems, which ensure the topicality and quality of the data sustainably. The future platform should ensure the registration of your products in the UDI databases. Be it the GUDID in the USA, the EUDAMED in Europe or the MDDB (Medical Device Data Base) NHS in Switzerland one day:

To improve the supply chain, the National Health Service (NHS), the largest purchaser of medical devices in the UK and Northern Ireland, requires that device product data be provided electronically via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). While this is not a regulatory requirement, it is essential for any device company marketing its products in the UK to understand and comply with. With the help of the platform, you can clear this hurdle as well.

Implant Registry

In order to track implants quickly and efficiently, it is a legal requirement that products are reported in the Dutch Implant Register (LIR) or the Swiss Implant Register  (SIRIS).


The GS1 GDSN helps you deliver your data to many of your national and international customers in a standardized and automated process.

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