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GS1 Standards to create a common foundation for business by uniquely identifying, accurately capturing and automatically sharing vital information about products, locations, assets and more.

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Identify products and services

EAN/UPC barcodes

Encode identity on consumer products


Identify parties and locations


Classify products by essential characteristics

2D barcodes

Encode more data and web-enable barcodes


Identify logistic units

Full listing of all GS1 standards and guidelines by release date


Encode identity in RFID tags and information systems

GS1 Global Data Model

Simplify product data requirements

GS1 DataBar barcode

Encode identity and more on small products


Share master product data automatically


Share product movement and status information

GS1 Digital Link

Encode URL into barcode or tag with identifier

1D barcodes for logistics

Track logistic units through supply chain


Send UN/EDIFACT-based business messages


Send electronic business messages

Product Image Standards and Guidelines

Global approach to share images in a digital shelf

GS1 Application Identifiers

Define the meaning and format of data attributes

Learn about our standards


Uniquely identify products, places and things


Capture identity and more in a barcode or RFID tag


Share data with trading partners, consumers and patients

In a world of growing data, GS1 standards help you single out what really matters. They give you a common language to identify, capture and share supply chain data—ensuring important information is accessible, accurate and easy to understand.

Standards in action

GS1 Discovery App
GS1 Discovery App

Exploring how standards work in CPG, fresh foods, foodservice and apparel

Fighting Illicit Trade
Fighting Illicit Trade (FIT)

Combat counterfeiting and illicit trade with GS1 standards


Apply the global framework for traceability solutions to your business

GDSN in healthcare
GDSN in healthcare case study

Learn how GDSN is helping hospitals improve patient care

New quick start guide
New quick start guide

Learn how to ensure your products bridge the physical and digital worlds

GS1 standards development
GS1 standards development

Get involved in solving industry-wide problems with standards


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