The Animal Health Institute EDI Special Project was established to promote and support
electronic commerce initiatives for distributors and manufacturers of animal health
products. Overseen by the AHI EDI Council The year 1996 included
the development of systems and networks, in addition to pilot implementations. In 1997, the
initiative moved forward with more production sites and accelerated rollout to the distributor
community. The rollout continued during 1998 along with manufacturer programs designed to use
the information provided through the AHI EDI Special Project. 1998 also included the addition
of Web functionality designed to enhance the administration of the project for distributors.
The initial project provides for a central clearinghouse, CSC,
to process daily EDI transactions between distributors and manufacturers (using ANSI
EDI standard formats 867, 832, and 816, or CSV files) to accumulate and distribute sales, customer, and
product information (as shown in the graphic below). The project also provides a standard for the exchange of 850
purchase order transactions directly between distributors and
Additionally, the project supports the creation of an industry-wide customer database
using a standard Health Industry Number (HIN) Identifier with
updates provided by distributors, manufacturers, and the Health Industry Business Communication Council (HIBCC).
Several manufacturers are active and supportive of the AHI EDI Special Project. These
companies have provided the funding to develop the process, establish the networks, and
build the centralized clearing functions for this industry initiative. Current
- Bayer Corporation
- Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
- Elanco Animal Health
- IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
- Merck Animal Health
- Virbac Animal Health
Distributors are engaging the EDI project in increasing numbers. Over 230 distributors are in production today and more joining the project
For more information on the project please contact your trading partners. Additionally, you may contact:
CSC Help Desk
(800) 786-7909 ext.2555