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GS1 Canada enables its more than 20,000 members to enhance their efficiency and cost effectiveness by adopting electronic supply chain best practices.  Through the Carenet Strategy, the Canadian healthcare sector is leveraging the value of GS1 standards to drive interoperability and sustainability of delivery systems, improvements to patient safety, and the enabling of supply chain efficiency.
The BPS Supply Chain Secretariat is a branch of Supply Chain Ontario, Ontario Shared Services, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. The office supports the adoption of leading supply chain and back office practices among the province’s broader public sector. It manages the OntarioBuys program, which provides funding and advice to a wide range of projects that help broader public sector organizations modernize their supply chains and other back office processes.
Canadian Centre for Pollution Control – Healthcare Environmental Procurement/Green Purchasing Natural Resources Canada – Energy Star Calculator

United States
Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management
The Coalition for Healthcare eStandards (CHeS). Merging with the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA). Promotes the use of open data standards that make the healthcare system more efficient and safer for patients. Initiatives include product and customer ID – FAQs, News, Case Studies. Also includes library.
The Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute (HISCI) is a collaborative association that represents the entire healthcare supply chain, including suppliers, manufacturers, providers and group purchasing organizations. HISCI's mission is to be a "performance improvement" organization via best practice sharing, education and networking.
Healthcare Industry Business Community Council, Phoenix, Ariz. Industry sponsored and supported non-profit. Primary function to facilitate e-communications by developing standards for info exchange among all healthcare trading partners. Links to global affiliates: Australia, France, Turkey, Netherlands. FAQs about barcode labellers. Resource Centre, Guidelines.
Green purchasing resources with access to US compliance standards.


International Organization for Standards – Purchase standards, ISO Guide, News.
Practice No Harm, health care non-profit with information on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, GPOs, and Links to Europe.
Green Guide for Health Care