GS1's main activity is the development of the GS1 System, a series of standards designed to improve supply chain management.
Much of the development is initiated by its Member Organisations (MOs). Companies wishing to use the GS1 System should apply for membership to a Member Organisation. Companies in countries where there is no MO can obtain their membership directly from GS1 Global Office. Visit our Worldwide Sites page to check whether there is a GS1 Member Organisation in your country.
GS1's interests are represented at meetings with official bodies (such as the United Nations and the European Commission), international associations and other institutions. Member Organisations are usually national associations which provide tools and support that enable their own member companies to manage their supply chains and trade processes far more efficiently. Specifically, the main responsibilities of MOs are:
- The allocation of unique numbers - the basis for the complete range of standards
- Providing training and support for:
- Supplying information on the standards and the continuing evolution of the GS1 System through the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP)
What is GS1?
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|It's not always easy to explain what GS1 does in simple terms. That's why we've created this brochure. It provides an overview of our activities and the important role that global standards play today.|