Best Practice for Healthcare Product Descriptions


In the National Product Catalogue (NPC) the Trade Item Description is an important attribute. The cross-industry best practice is to construct it as follows: Brand + Sub-brand + Functional Name + Variant + Net Content (where applicable).

Your trading partners rely on accurate and consistent population of the descriptive attributes Brand, Sub-brand, Functional Name and Variant to provide unambiguous and full product descriptions. This allows the flexibility to use individual attributes or combinations of attributes for various description and search function requirements.

For full descriptions of the different data elements please see the Item Data Dictionary found here in the Help Center under Data Dictionaries and General Definitions section


Brand; Sub-Brand; Functional Name, and Variant

The attached document describes how the Brand, Sub-brand, Functional Name, and Variant fields should be populated and includes examples.


Southern Cross Hospitals Specifics

Additional Trade Item Description and Full Description:

Southern Cross Hospitals have requested suppliers to use the Additional Trade Item Description and/or the Full Description fields available in the NPC, as required, to better describe their products.  Please see the GS1 NPC User Guide Cookbook found in the Help Center under


Label Description:

SCHL have also asked that the Label Description be added - this is found under Healthcare/Regulatory Details/Characteristics - scroll down the page to find it.
Use this section to add the description as on the product label:



Created: June 2018                                              Last Update:  1/09/21    v1.7

Last Reviewed:  1/09/21




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