Communication from the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics companies

Dear Customer,

This communication provides information regarding an improvement to the barcode standard used by the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics (MD&D) companies. The barcode is used to record inventory for distribution and sale to you, our valued customers. By the end of 2012, the MD&D companies will complete the label format transition from the current Health Industry Bar Code (HIBC) to the GS1 standard.

The GS1 System is the most widely used system of identification (numbering) and data carrier (barcode) standards throughout the world. It is recognized by organizations such as the International Standards Organization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). For more than 35 years, the GS1 System of global supply chain standards has delivered proven results in many industries, including retail, in which U.P.C. labels are used. For more information about GS1 Healthcare, please visit or to contact the GS1 Member organization in your country.

Our intent is to help prepare you for this transition through frequent communications, to assess your current bar-coding method, to ascertain your intent to move toward this global standard, and to address your questions.

We anticipate that the transition to GS1 barcodes will begin in December 2010 and will occur in a phased approach for the MD&D companies listed below. As these schedules are finalized, the individual company will communicate them to your organization. Our goal is to convert all products to the GS1 labeling standard by the end of 2012.

  • Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Veridex, LLC
  • Therakos, Inc.
  • Cordis Corporation
  • Biosense Webster, Inc.
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
  • Advanced Sterilization Products, Division of Ethicon, Inc.
  • Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
  • DePuy Mitek, Inc.
  • DePuy Spine, Inc.
  • DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

Please forward this letter to appropriate individuals in your organization. We have anticipated some questions that you may have in the attached Question and Answer section of this notification. If you have additional questions, please send an e-mail to or visit


John Hogan
Vice President, Customer and Logistics Services
Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.