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GS1 Standards

The GS1 System is about identifying, capturing and sharing information.

GS1 Standards make the supply chain more efficient and effective.

GS1 Standards have provided a common foundation for business since the first barcode was scanned over 40 years ago.  In fact, there are over 5 billion successful scans of a GS1 barcode every single day.

Our globally recognised standards help our members – wherever they operate in the value chain and whatever their size – to uniquely identify, capture and share information, ensuring important information is accessible, accurate and easy to understand.

Our standards also play their part across industries and around the world.

Adopted by the retail sector for the last 40 years, GS1 Standards have been well embraced by other sectors - from apparel and healthcare to transport and logistics - as they underpin supply chains, reduce costs and deliver exceptional efficiency.

GS1 Standards



GS1 Standards for identification

Used to uniquely identify products, logistics units, locations and assets across the supply chain from manufacturer to consumer, there are 11 GS1 ID Keys.

Read more on GS1 11 ID Keys



GS1 Standards for barcodes and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags

GS1 barcodes and EPC-enabled Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags carry information including GS1 Identification Keys, about products and locations. They can also include more specific identification, such as batch/lot information and expiry dates for food traceability and safety.

Read more  on GS1 Barcodes and EPC / RFID

GS1 Standards for data exchange

Interoperability, made possible by identification standards, data capture standards and interface standards for electronic communication, allows product information to flow seamlessly through the supply chain.

Read more on exchange of business-critical information



Streamlining business processes

Businesses can also combine different GS1 standards to streamline business processes such as traceability.

Read more on traceability