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Standards Development Work Groups

GS1 brings users from industries around the world to develop and implement supply chain standards. They work together to develop leading-edge, industry-wide standards, guidelines and solutions. This area provides access to the different work groups currently run by GSMP and Industry Engagement.

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Standards Maintenance Groups (SMGs) improve existing standards

GSMP Data Accuracy SMG

This processes all maintenance Work Requests for the GS1 Package Measurement Rules Standard and the Package Measurement Rules Implementation Guideline. This group acts as a pool of experts for all Data Accuracy SMG work requests and coordinate with associated Mission Specific groups as defined in the GSMP Manual. The work the Data Accuracy SMG allows our community to increase savings throughout the supply chain by synchronising accurate dimensions and weight data which enables better transportation, logistics and retail shelf planning.

Standards Development Leader: David Buckley
Call to Action: 15 April 2010
Scorecard: No scorecard due to lack of activity
To join the group: Click here

GSMP Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) SMG

This group maintains and improves GS1 EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) standards. Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are:

  • EANCOM®
  • GS1 XML
  • GS1 UN/CEFACT XML

More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards/edi

EDI provides global standards for electronic business messaging that allow automation of business transactions commonly occurring across the entire supply chain. It covers master data alignment, order and delivery and financial settlement management, as well as transport and warehouse management. The main business partners in scope for this are retailers, manufacturers, material suppliers and logistic service providers.

Standards Development Leader: David Buckley
Call to Action: 15 April 2010
Scorecard: Click here
To join the group: Click here

Additional initiative(s):*The GS1 Intellectual Property Policy and Work Group Opt-in Agreement above are required to participate

GSMP Global Master Data (GMD) SMG - formally known as GSMP Global Data Synchronization (GDS) SMG

The group maintains and improves the GS1 Master Data standards. Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are:

  • Master Data Standards
  • GS1 Attributes, definitions, code lists, and guidance definitions
  • GDSN solutions and GDSN Validation Rules
  • GS1 Web Vocabulary
  • Global Data Model Standards and Attribute Definitions for Business

More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards/gs1-global-data-model, https://www.gs1.org/standards/gdsn

Master Data Standards makes it possible for any company, in any market, to share high-quality product information seamlessly. Because companies of all sizes need the same thing—timely and reliable product information—to ultimately benefit consumers and patients.

Standards Development Leaders: Steven Robba and Tasha Wiehe
Call to Action: 14 November 2013
Scorecard: Click here
To join the group: Click here

Additional initiative(s):*The GS1 Intellectual Property Policy and Work Group Opt-in Agreement above are required to participate

Global Data Model:

GSMP Global Product Classification (GPC) SMG

The GPC Standards Maintenance Group maintains and improves the GS1 Global Product Classification (GPC) standard.

The GS1 Global Product Classification (GPC) standard helps global trading partners to group products in the same way, everywhere in the world. The resulting common business language is clear and instantly understandable. More information about the GPC Standard can be found here: https://www.gs1.org/standards/gpc

The business benefits of using GPC are: gives buyers and sellers a common language for talking about their products – within countries and regions as well as across the world, improves data accuracy and integrity, speeds up the supply chain responsiveness to consumer needs and simplifies reporting across product categories.

Standards Development Leader: Eileen Harpell
Call to Action: 15 April 2010
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP Identification SMG

The ID Standards Maintenance Group maintains and improves the GS1 Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) standards including Identification Keys, Barcodes, Electronic Product Code, and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) standards.

Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are:

  • The GS1 General Specification is the core foundational GS1 standard that defines how identification keys, data attributes and barcodes must be used in business applications
  • GS1 Identification Keys provides companies efficient ways to access and share information about items in their supply chains.
  • Barcodes are symbols that can be scanned electronically using laser or camera-based systems.
  • The Electronic Product Code™ (EPC) is syntax for unique identifiers assigned to physical objects, unit loads, locations, or other identifiable entity playing a role in business operations.
  • GS1's EPC Tag Data Standard (TDS) defines the Electronic Product Code (EPC), including its correspondence to GS1 keys and other existing codes. TDS also specifies data that is carried on Gen 2 RFID tags, including the EPC, User Memory data, control information, and tag manufacture information.

More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards

AIDC is a broad category of technologies used to collect information from an individual, object, image or sound without manual data entry. AIDC systems are used to manage inventories, deliveries, and assets.

Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Call to Action: 15 April 2010
Scorecard: Click here
To join the group: Click here

Additional initiative(s): *The GS1 Intellectual Property Policy and Work Group Opt-in Agreement above are required to participate

GSMP Images, Digital & Electronic Assets (IDEAs) SMG

This group will maintain and improve the GS1 Digital Assets Standards. Examples of standards maintained in this group (but not limited to) are:

  • GS1 Product Image Specification Standard
  • GS1 Pharmaceutical Image Implementation Guideline
  • GS1 Mobile Ready Hero Images Guideline

More information about these standards can be found here https://www.gs1.org/standards/gs1-product-image-specification-standard/current-standardhttps://www.gs1.org/standards/gs1-pharmaceutical-image-implementation-guidelinehttps://www.gs1.org/standards/Mobile-Ready-Hero-Image/1-0

The GS1 Digital Assets Standards allow our community to increase savings throughout the value chain through implementing, storage, sharing and usage of digital assets for online retail websites, Verified by GS1, business-to-business systems and other digital platforms.

Standards Development Leader: David Buckley
Call to Action: 25 February 2020
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP Traceability and Event Sharing Standards Maintenance Group SMG

The SMG maintains updates to the GS1 EPCglobal standards that support physical event capture and sharing and the Global Traceability Standard that supports tracking and tracing of goods and information about the goods. This includes all simple work requests indicated as impacting the event data sharing and traceability standards.

In addition, the group acts as a pool of experts for all Mission Specific Work Groups that are related to the SMG, as defined in the GSMP Manual in section 3.4. Work Groups.

To learn more about the sub-team Global Traceability Checklist for Healthcare, click here.

Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Call to Action: 26 May 2011
Scorecard: No scorecard due to lack of activity
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Mission-specific Working Groups (MSWGs) develop new standards

GSMP Digital Signature MSWG - WR 20-078

Provide a GS1 standard solution approach to digital signatures. Otherwise, there will be no open, brand owner determined digital signatures to set as an alternative to proprietary digital signature use in barcodes with GS1 standards.

Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Call to Action: 26 March 2020
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP EPCIS & CBV 2.0 MSWG - WR 18-050

Since its initial ratification as an EPCglobal standard in 2007 and its subsequent integration into the GS1 “Share” portfolio, EPCIS and its companion standard the Core Business Vocabulary (CBV) have been updated twice (2014 and 2016) and published by ISO (as ISO/IEC 19987 and 19988, respectively). In the meantime, EPCIS and the CBV have gained importance as visibility enablers in various industries. Updates are needed to ensure the relevance of these standards into the coming decades.

Standards Development Leader: Greg Rowe
Call to Action: 19 February 2018
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP EPCIS & CBV 2.0 Public Review

The GSMP EPCIS & CBV 2.0 Public Review 2021 was first posted on 14 October and will run until 11 November 2021.Click here for more details

GSMP EPC UHF Gen2 v3

This group will develop technical revisions to modernise GS1’s EPC “suite” of standards, with focus on increasing inventory scanning performance and efficiency with flexibility of parameters for diverse application requirements and harmonisation of the EPC Gen2 with ISO/IEC 18000-63 through the optimisation of the Gen2 air interface command set based on implementation lessons from the field.

Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Call to Action: 10 May 2021
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP New EU requirements for medical devices identification MSWG - WR 21-283

This group will develop the appropriate solution for the new level of identification required by European Commission to develop a Master UDI-DI for implementation of a new level of identification of eyewear products and other devices as part of the UDI requirements based on the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR). 

Group membership requirements:

  • 1 manufacturers of eyewear products
  • 1 manufacturers of medical devices
  • 4 GS1 Member Organisations
  • 2 healthcare providers
  • 2 solution providers 

Voting requirements for this group are 2 votes each from manufacturers, MO’s, and healthcare/solution providers with a total of at least 12 votes.  

Standards Development Leader: Greg Rowe
Call to Action: 27 September 2021
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP Scan4Transport MSWG - WR 18-207

This Work Group will review the business requirements identified by industry and develop a GS1 standard to enable the industry to encode the minimum required transport data in a 2D barcode on a logistics label.
The group will consider emerging standards such as uniform resource identifier (URI) for addressing the business needs.

Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Call to Action: 12 Dec 2018
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP Scan4Transport Public Review

The GSMP Scan4Transport Public Review 2020 was posted on 8 October 2020 and ran until 28 October 2020.Click here for more details

GSMP TDS/TDT 2.0 MSWG

This group will develop technical revisions to modernise GS1’s EPC “suite” of standards, with focus on increasing native interoperability and ease of use and prevent the proliferation of proprietary systems through simplification of the EPC binary encoding syntax to align with GS1 barcode syntax.

Standards Development Leader: Greg Rowe
Call to Action: 10 May 2021
Scorecard: Click here
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GSMP Visibility4Cargo MSWG - WR 

This group will create an Implementation Guide for integrated Track & Trace in Transport & Logistics across all modes of transport and all T&L network locations. It will include transportation steps that are linked to a specific sales order between Seller and Buyer (the transportation journey) and establish clear and unambiguous links between the sales contract (Trade View) and the related transport contracts (Transport View). 

Standards Development Leader: John Ryu
Call to Action: 17 Aug 2021
Scorecard: Click here
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