International Standards Bodies
The purpose of these liaisons is to ensure that GS1 standards are endorsed by these bodies and gain full international recognition.
International Standards Organisation (ISO)
GS1's working relationship with ISO is a particularly long and active one. ISO is the world's largest developer of standards. Headquartered in Geneva, it represents 158 national standard bodies: one member per country. A number of GS1 staff members participate actively in ISO standard development committees, or even serve as their Chair or secretariat.
UN/CEFACT facilitates the development of e-business standards that can cross all international boundaries and help lower transaction costs, simplify data flow and reduce bureaucracy. It is the standards arm of UN/ECE focused on trade facilitation and eBusiness. GS1 involvement spans Plenary level, Forum level and the Supply Chain Group.
GS1 has adopted the best of the UN/CEFACT specifications:
- Requirements driven development (UMM)
- Core Components based dictionary
- Context driven design
- GS1 EANCOM is based on the EDIFACT Standard
- GS1 is involved in defining requirements for EBXML Standard
- Web site: www.unece.org/cefact
United Nations Standard Products and Services Code
The United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®) provides an open, global multi-sector standard for efficient, accurate classification of products and services. UNDP is the owner of the UNSPSC Classification System. The GS1 GPC is aligned with UNSPSC. UNSPSC system is maintained by GS1 US as the solution provider.
- Web site: www.unspsc.org/
Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
OASIS is a not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. The consortium produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.
- Web site: http://www.oasis-open.org/
European Telecommunications Standards Institute
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies. GS1 is a member of ETSI and is the chair of the ETSI/ERM/TG34 committee dealing with frequency regulatory technical standards.
- Web site: http://portal.etsi.org/