GS1 General Specifications
The GS1 General Specifications is the core standards document of the GS1 System describing how GS1 bar codes and identification keys should be used.
Download the GS1 General Specifications
- Download the complete GS1 General Specifications document
Version 13.1, Issue 2, Jul 2013
Warning: TThese Standards for Component / Part Identification (CPID) are only to be implemented upon mutual agreement between trading partners, and are explicitly not intended for open supply chain use. If you plan to work with them, we recommend you read and use the Component / Part Identification Implementation Guidelines.
General Specifications Change Notifications (GSCN)
Gen Spec Change Notifications (GSCN) detail ratified changes to the GS1 General Specifications document. Upon ratification GSCNs are posted here to await the start of the GS1 General Specification publication cycle. October 31st of each year is the deadline for approved and ratified GSCN’s to enter the annual publication cycle.
- 13-051 - NHRN: Standard Change Summary: This General Specification Change Notification (GSCN) accommodates the addition of the ANVISA(Brazilian government mandated) regulated Drug Registration Number in the bar code symbol with the GTIN. This change will allow the use of the GS1 System for pharmaceuticals within Brazil.
- 12-295 - Best Before Date : Standard Change Summary: The General Specification Change Notification (GSCN) includes clarification between the Application Identifier (AI) for Sell By Date its relation to the AI for Best Before Date to enable better visibility by retailer.
- View archived GSCNs which have already been incorporated into the GS1 General Specifications.
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