Product formulas change and new functionalities are added to products all the time. Some formula changes may be legally-required to be declared on packages. Additionally, some formula changes may result in legal handling
and / or regulatory filing requirements that are different than they had been in previous versions of the product.
“Functionality” is defined as the particular use or set of uses for which something is designed.
“Formulation” is defined as a list of the ingredients or components used to create a trade item.
A change to the formulation or functionality that affects the legally required declared information on the packaging of a product only requires the assignment of a new GTIN if the brand owner expects the customer or supply chain partner to distinguish the difference between the products prior and after the change. Both conditions must be met requiring the assignment of a new GTIN.